ArtHeels -- UNC students helping to redefine the hospital experience
We are a service-based student organization, passionate about bring arts (visual, performing, and literary) to the healthcare setting.
AT THE HOSPITAL: This semester, we have ~60 student volunteers volunteering in the UNC Hospitals weekly, doing everything from arts/crafts in the waiting rooms, to strumming guitar with pediatric patients, to journaling with cancer patients. Our job is to make people escape a little, forget they are in the hospital: whether it's from the moment they walk in and we have a dance performance happening on the stage in the lobby, while they are sitting in the waiting room and we're making animal masks, or they are sick in bed all day and we bring a little dose of art and music for the pain (and boredom). We are people who like art or medicine or both, but especially the idea of incorporating art into the healing process. We are a group of artists, dancers, singers, musicians, clowns, pre-health students, and everything in between.
ON CAMPUS: We have twice-monthly general body meetings for students on campus interested in learning about art therapy, how to use art in philanthropic and healing ways, and to educate people on the idea of art and medicine. We want to offer fun experiences, fellowship, and interesting new introductions through group trips, media, and art activities.
Involvement: ~360 listserve subscribers, ~25 regular meeting attendees, ~60 volunteers
Contact: Tiffany Payne (Organization President and Hospital Student Liaison)
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