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Creative Arts Program

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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 (603) 650-8930 or email creative.arts@hitchcock.org. Although our staff is only available for limited hours, we will do our best to accommodate your request.

The Creative Arts Program has an annual event, Telling Our Stories Through Word and Image, which showcases the creative writing and visual art done by cancer patients and their families. You can download the 2018 Anthology (PDF) or contact Support Services at cancersupport@hitchcock.org to receive a copy.

The Creative Arts Program is a collaboration between Dartmouth-Hitchcock Arts, 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 Marianne Barthel, or donate online to the Arts Program.

Visual artist

Samantha Wiebkin

Samantha Wiebkin is the visual artist with the Creative Arts Program. Working one-on-one and in groups, Sam helps patients explore their creative abilities through visual art. Whether it is finding the right medium for patients to express themselves with or creating a piece of art for them, she can help provide an uplifting and comforting experience for patients. No previous art experience is necessary.

Art Outlet Workshops for cancer patients and their families

An opportunity to ‘plug in’ to your creative side. Bring along a project you are working on or start a new one with supplies provided. Art Outlet offers a chance to commune with other creatives and, most importantly, have fun! 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 the Norris Cotton Cancer Center Patients, Families, and Community events calendar for dates.

Literary artist

Marv and patient

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 Norris Cotton Cancer Center Patients, Families, and Community 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.

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.

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