October 19, 2019, By Ruzette Solis
As part of our Dream Big program, we were once again able to let our kids explore their own artistic endeavors specifically through paper art-making and personal narrative expression. We thank Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling for the interactive musical storytelling and performance program the children participated in. Storytelling is an effective outlet that children can use to express not only their imaginations, but also their own experiences. In a research article published by SAGE, storytelling was found to be beneficial because it “offers space for self-discovery, self-understanding, social development, and cultural congruence beyond traditional cancer treatments.” The children engaged in the art of storytelling by telling their own stories as they participated in compositional writing and musical expression with guitarist Flor Bromley. Through this means, they channeled their feelings through song, dance, play, and by following along with musical stories. We also thank the Montefiore Health System for connecting us with the children and Materials for the Arts for providing sustainable art supplies that were used as the foundation for creative creations. Local support for our Dream Big program allows us to offer pediatric cancer patients a myriad of enriching artistic opportunities in New York City.