Creative Arts Program
Our Creative Arts Program offers one-on-one experiences for adult patients in the hospital, infusion suites and waiting areas with our Visual Artist, Literary Artist and Therapeutic Harpist.
To schedule a visit from one of our Creative Arts Specialists, please contact the Support Services Office of the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at (603) 650-7751. Although our staff is only available for limited hours, we will do our best to accommodate your request.
My Prayer For Healing
Rebecca Gottesman, a local artist and teacher, visits with people receiving treatment in the Cancer Center infusion suite and in our inpatient units. She asks patients to describe a favorite place or a place of healing, which she carefully renders in watercolor. She also invites people to try their hand at painting or other art activities, including beading, sculpting and crocheting.
Marv Klassen-Landis brings more that 20 years of experience teaching in the literary arts to the Creative Arts Program. He offers patients and their families the opportunity to write poetry, prose or letters, or to listen as Marv reads to them. People are often surprised by the power of their own words when transcribed by Marv.
Margaret Stephens, a Certified Harp Practitioner, uses music to meet the physical, mental and emotional needs of patients and their families in outpatient areas of the cancer center and at the bedside of inpatients. While playing her 23-string harp, Margaret creates a "cradle of sound" to support for the individual's journey of healing (wholeness) and growth
"I was most fortunate to hear the lovely harpist perform in the oncology waiting room during my initial oncology visit. Her music provided a feeling of serenity at a time when I was feeling most anxious. I am always hopeful that I will encounter her during each of my ongoing oncology visits."
Other art opportunities
Art-to-Go packs were developed for patients who would like an art activity during the days when the Visual Artist is not available. They are also distributed to the family waiting areas, such as the Surgery and the Critical Care waiting rooms. A variety of art supplies are offered; the collage and mandala art packs include blank greeting cards, and the stained-glass packs have colored film that can be used on windows or the clear "frame" supplied. To request a pack, please call (603) 650-7056.
If you're inclined to use the stairs rather than the elevators (and we hope you are!), you may discover a number of murals painted on the landing walls by Kim Wenger and Kathy Parsonnet. This is part of the Employee Health Improvement Program's initiative to encourage daily exercise.
The Creative Arts Program is a collaboration between DHMC Arts, The Norris Cotton Cancer Center Support Services, and the Palliative Care Program. It receives support from the DHMC Auxiliary, Friends of NCCC, Hypertherm, The Gertrude Mertens Arts Endowment Fund, Ben Schore and other private donors.