ArtsAdventures

ArtsAdventures brings magical musical Christmas to young patients!  During December, we have taken music and magic workshops to 12 children’s hospitals and hospices across London and the South East, helping to bring Christmas alive for young patients as part of our ArtsAdventures programme.  During the workshops, the children have had the chance to interact with our two professional musicians – one of whom is also a member of the Magic Circle – and enjoy Christmas stories, songs and magic tricks! Within the workshops, the young patients opened eight advent calendar stockings, each revealing a Christmas-themed activity.  They requested and joined in with Christmas songs with our flute and accordion players, were wowed by magic tricks including a book that became coloured in when the children threw imaginary paint, and came up with their own musical Christmas stories inspired by soft toys. The variety of activities were chosen to help achieve the project’s main aim, which is to enhance the quality of life for the young patients, their family members and the hospital staff who care for them.  ArtsAdventures plays an important role in providing a holistic approach to the young patients’ healthcare, and the stimulating and invigorating activities help to take the focus away from the children’s illnesses or disabilities including those that may be life-limiting or life-shortening. Since its launch in August 2005, ArtsAdventures has engaged over 3,000 young patients.  The project is led by a range of our artists including dancers, storytellers, musicians and visual artists.  All workshops are structured so that patients and their families can participate at a level at which they feel comfortable.  Thanks to the generosity of a group of funders, they are provided free of charge, both to the children and to the hospitals and hospices where they take place. “[ArtsAdventures] provides something that a lot of patients do not have access to ordinarily.  I have had patients that remember the sessions for years afterwards.  It was perfect.”  Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital staff