A New Organization Bringing Innovative Art Programs to People Living with Cancer
Based on her belief in the power of art to transform lives, Dr. Jennifer Wheler, Assistant Professor in the Department of Investigational Cancer Therapeutics, founded COLLAGE to provide high-impact innovative art programs for people living with cancer. The aim of the program is to bring dedicated artists from the community into the hospital to work alongside patients and their family members.
Programs implemented through COLLAGE include art workshops and the Artist-in-Residence Program. Art workshops are held bimonthly at the Integrative Medicine Center. Artists lead groups of patients and their family members, exploring a variety of media including painting, drawing, Chinese ink drawing, and collage. The Artist-in-Residence Program brings artists to work one-on-one with patients at the bedside and chair side. Currently, pilot programs are running on the Palliative Care inpatient unit. In the Breast Cancer Center's infusion therapy room and in the waiting area of the Clinical Center for Targeted Therapy. The Department of Investigational Cancer Therapeutics, under the leadership of Razelle Kurzrock, is supporting the artist.
The first annual ICT and CCTT Faculty and Staff COLLAGE Art Workshop was held in March 2008 and enabled faculty and staff to create individual collages that expressed themselves as well as contribute to a group collage depicting how each employee feels connected to the group and to the hospital.