MEDIA ADVISORY: Fourth Annual Art Day at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Celebrates the Imagination

WHAT: UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital is holding its 4th annual Art Day featuring local artists doing mosaics, caricatures and beading with hospitalized children. This year’s theme is “Bridge – Let your imagination take you somewhere.”

The art therapy program at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital provides a creative way for children and their families to communicate and better cope with their hospital experience. Art therapy encourages patient engagement, expression and an increased understanding of the emotional impact of illness and medical treatment. UCSF’s Child Life Services recognizes the integral role hospital child life programs play in the healing process and works with children, teens and their families to ensure that each child's developmental and emotional needs are met.

WHEN:

Wednesday, October 9
Media are invited to attend from 2pm – 4pm

WHERE:

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital
505 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco, CA

WHO:

  • Caitlin O’Brien, art therapist, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital

  • Michael Towne, manager, Child Life Services, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital

  • Patient artists and their families

CONTACT: Media planning to attend must RSVP to Juliana Bunim at (415) 476-8810 or juliana.bunim@ucsf.edu

BACKGROUND INFORMATION: UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital creates an environment where children and their families find compassionate care at the forefront of scientific discovery, with more than 150 experts in 50 medical specialties serving patients throughout Northern California and beyond. The hospital admits about 5,000 children each year, including 2,000 babies born in the hospital.

For more information, visit http://www.ucsfbenioffchildrens.org/.