Arts for Healing Program

Arts for Healing

Healing the Body, Mind and Spirit

Providing extraordinary patient care often goes beyond traditional medical treatments. Sharp HealthCare's Arts for Healing Program is designed to address the physical, psychological, cognitive, spiritual and social needs of patients. Funded completely by donations through Sharp HealthCare Foundation, the program aims to provide comfort and relieve stress and anxiety for both patients and their loved ones, often leading to a faster recovery.

Under the leadership of a Sharp Spiritual Care professional, licensed music and art therapists and a team of volunteers guide and work with patients and their loved ones through art and music therapies. The program uses art, music and creative writing at the bedside or in group activities to help patients and their loved ones reduce feelings of fear, stress, pain and isolation. All Arts for Healing services are provided at no charge to the participants.

Arts for Healing projects and activities include:

  • Art projects
  • Beading
  • Card making
  • Creative writing
  • Model building
  • Painting
  • Scrapbooking
  • Seasonal craft projects
  • Small needlepoint and quilting
  • Special musical or theatrical events

The Arts for Healing program is made possible thanks to the support of donors, and is available to all patients at Sharp Memorial Hospital, Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns, Sharp McDonald Center and Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital.

Specialty Services
Trained professionals offer music therapy and expressive arts therapy to patients and families referred for specialized services. Learn more about our music therapist and expressive arts therapist and how you or a loved one can work with them during your hospital stay.

Patient Stories
Read stories from loved ones, patients and our own therapists, who describe their experiences with the Arts for Healing Program.

Art Project Photos
Watch a photo slideshow spotlighting some of the art our patients have created through the Arts for Healing Program:

Volunteer Information
Interested in volunteering in the Arts for Healing Program? Volunteer services in the program are provided by the Sharp Metropolitan Medical Campus Volunteer Services department. Learn the volunteer requirements and apply to become a volunteer.

For More Information
To support the Arts for Healing Program, Donate Now. To learn more about Sharp's alternative medicine services, call the Spiritual Care office at 858-939-3475 or send us an email. To find a Sharp-affiliated physician, search for San Diego doctors or call 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-827-4277), Monday through Friday, 8 am to 6 pm.