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Program Overview

Children in our hospitals are encouraged to take part in our workshops regardless of illness or length of stay or diagnosis.

Snow City Arts offers children educational workshops in creative writing, music, theater, film-making, and the visual arts. Children get to work one-on-one with an Artist-in-Residence for several hours every week, most often at bedside or in Snow City Arts’ Idea Lab.

A medical free zone equipped with computers, a piano, as well as a small music and reading libraries, the Idea Lab is designed as a safe-haven in the hospital where children can come to work on a poem, play an instrument, work on a film, or simply read a book.

Snow City Arts serves children of all ages, but most students are between the ages of 8 and 18 years old. More than three quarters of the children we work with are minorities and on public aid. About half of our children use English as their second language.

Many of these children were good or exceptional students before their need for hospitalization. Now, most are failing classes as they have been in and out of the hospital for months or even years. Snow City Arts works with these children to boost their confidence levels and stimulate their minds. Last year alone, more than 1,000 children took part in our workshops.