Snow City Arts provides one-on-one instruction in the visual arts, creative writing, music, theater, and film making to patients at Rush Children’s Hospital, Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, and Children’s Hospital University of Illinois.
As doctors and nurses care for a child’s medical needs, Child Life specialists, therapists, social workers and other hospital employees address the psychosocial needs of hospitalized children. Snow City Arts augments those services in each hospital we serve by addressing a child’s developmental and educational needs through the arts. Our teaching artists typically work with an individual child at his or her bedside.
While we are arts-based, we put the focus on learning and integrate state and national standards in Social Studies, Math, Science, Fine Arts, and Language Arts into both the student workshops and our evaluation systems. We include both the Illinois Department of Education learning standards, as well as national standards for arts education from the federal education legislation: Goals 2000: Educate America Act. By integrating these standards into lesson planning and assessment, Snow City Arts is able to ensure that the hospitalized children are learning skills that are in line with their regular school’s classroom.