Hope-Colored Glasses is a cocktail party fundraiser featuring wine glasses that have been hand-painted by Tulane Cancer Center patients, caregivers, and staff. The glasses will be sold or auctioned off in an effort to raise vital funds for Tulane Cancer Center's Arts in Medicine Program.
The online silent auction was an amazing success! Please click here to see the winning bids for this year's spotlight glasses....
About Our Arts in Medicine Program
Tulane's Arts in Medicine (AIM) got its start in Tulane Cancer Center's Patricia Trost Friedler Center for Psychosocial Oncology. Since its implementation in the Cancer Center, AIM has grown and is now offered to patients across Tulane Medical Center. The program recognizes the integral role of the arts in healing the spirit and transforming the hospital experience. AIM's goal is to provide arts-related workshops, activities, events and performances to all Tulane patients, caregivers and families.
Current AIM Programming includes, among other activities,…
- Arts On Call – Patients throughout the hospital can schedule art appointments with an artist-in-residence and choose from a catalog of approximately 40 different visual art lessons and craft projects that cover a broad range of mediums and techniques.
- Music Therapy Sessions – Through a partnership with the Loyola Music Therapy Department, music students work in group and one-on-one sessions with patients to offer activities such as performances, sing-alongs, play-alongs and songwriting.
- Infused With Creativity – This program provides art projects and craft materials to infusion patients and their caregivers during their visit to the infusion unit. Additionally, musical artists-in-residence provide short performances and allow patients to make song requests.
- Pediatric Playroom Activities – Involves organized group art projects or activities in the pediatric playroom, as well as one-on-one sessions in pediatric inpatient rooms and Pediatric ICU.
- Art Rounds (in the Abdominal and Bone Marrow Transplant Units) – Through this program, both visual and music artists-in-residence go door-to-door visiting patients and offering AIM sessions or leave-behind activities for later.
- Art Packs – These bedside leave-behinds are gifts to our adult and teenaged long-term inpatients. Packs include a sketchbook or journal (patient's choice), pencils, erasers, scissors, glue sticks, and activity ideas to get the creative juices flowing. Special requests for crayons, watercolors, markers, colored pencils and/or a deck of cards can also be accommodated. Art packs are provided at no cost to the patients or their families.
- Art While You Wait – Each month, the Tulane Cancer Center Comprehensive Clinic patient reception area is decorated with an appropriately themed bulletin board, and materials are available for patients to add their own personal artistic touches to the board. For example, at Thanksgiving a "What Are You Thankful For" board featured paper feathers that could be written on and taped to a turkey.
- Patient Library Workshops – These pre-planned activities are for projects that require more time, space, materials, and hands-on instruction/demonstration. Examples include silk painting, jewelry-making, creative writing, photography, bookbinding, etc.
- Radiation Oncology Music – an AIM musician provides beautiful, soothing background music for patients and staff in the Radiation Oncology unit.
- Cancer Center Support Group – AIM has teamed up with the Psychology Team to co-facilitate a support group for cancer patients as well as families and caregivers to focus on the usefulness and power of incorporating visual diaries into the healing process.