Every child is an artist. Before we learned to crawl, we listened to our mothers sing lullabies, soothing our minds before bedtime. When the holiday season arrived, our little hands scrambled to make last-minute (but heartfelt) greeting cards for grandpa and grandma, with each crayon scribble marking a dash of our love. In preschool (before we learned to appreciate nap time), we absorbed the alphabet through a song and played patty-cake with our friends, creating synchronized rhythms with our sweaty palms.
Art is a universal language and is integral to patient wellbeing. Artistic expression can help patients navigate their emotions and serve as a therapeutic healing tool because it offers a window of discussion and engagement outside of boring or painful hospital visits. Several studies have shown that art can help to prevent or slow many conditions including cardiovascular diseases, neurological disorders, and cancers.