Creative Arts Program

A patient using watercolors
A patient uses watercolors as part of the Creative Arts Program.

At Dartmouth-Hitchcock, we believe that experiencing visual art, literary arts, and music can be therapeutic and contribute to a person's sense of well-being. Our Creative Arts Program offers one-on-one experiences for 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 call or email the Creative Arts Program. Although our staff is only available for limited hours, we will do our best to accommodate your request.

The Creative Arts Program is a collaboration between the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Arts and Humanities Program, Norris Cotton Cancer Center Support Services and the Palliative Care Program, and is supported through philanthropy. If you are interested in supporting the creative arts program please contact us or donate online to the Arts and Humanities Program.

Telling Our Stories Through Word and Image

Telling Our Stories Through Word and Image is an annual event that showcases the creative writing and visual art done by cancer patients and their families. You can download the 2020 Anthology (PDF) or contact the Cancer Center's Patient and Family Support Services to receive a copy.

For more information about this event, contact the Norris Cotton Cancer Center's (NCCC's) Patient and Family Support Services.

View this year's virtual Telling Our Stories art exhibit.

View this year's virtual Telling Our Stories video.

Visual artist

Kim Wenger Hall
Kim Wenger Hall, visual artist

Kim Wenger Hall is the visual artist with our Creative Arts Program. Working one-on-one with inpatients and in outpatient groups, Kim helps artists and non-artists alike explore their creative expression through drawing, painting, and a wide variety of mixed media. Whether facilitating a casual, artsy way to while away the time, or assisting with creating a lasting keepsake, Kim strives to provide an uplifting, accessible, and light-hearted experience for patients. We keep a nice variety of arts and crafts supplies on hand to choose from. No previous art experience is necessary.

Art Outlet Workshops for cancer patients and their families

An opportunity to ‘plug in’ to your creative side, the Art Outlet offers a chance to commune with other creatives and, most importantly, have fun! Bring along a project you are working on or start a new one with supplies provided. Registration required. No art experience is needed. For all persons with a current or previous cancer diagnosis and their loved ones.

Workshops take place on Friday afternoons, 2:00 to 4:00 pm. See NCCC's Patients and Families events calendar for dates.

Literary artist

Marv Klassen-Landis with a patient
Marv Klassen-Landis, literary artist

Marv Klassen-Landis brings more than 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.

Marv also offers writing circles, where you can explore your journey through writing poems, and sharing memories, letters, stories, and journals. Come in person, or call the toll-free line. See the NCCC's Patients and Families events calendar for dates.

Therapeutic harpist

Certified Harp Practitioner Margaret Stephens uses music—melody, rhythm, tones, harmony—to meet the physical, mental and emotional needs of patients and their families at the bedside, and in outpatient areas of the Cancer Center. While playing her 23-string harp, Margaret creates a "cradle of sound" to support the individual's journey of healing, wholeness and growth.

Margaret Stephens
Margaret Stephens, therapeutic harpist

A Certified Harp Practitioner is a trained, therapeutic musician who uses the harp to aid the healing process of body, mind, and spirit. The music practitioner observes, intuits, and listens to the client's needs, then chooses musical styles, tempos, rhythms, modes, and melodies that are appropriate to meeting those needs. The goal is to create a "sound space" or a "cradle of sound" to support the listener in his or her journey of healing.