The Red & Orange House Foundation believes in the power of art-making as medicine. Our mission is to help children, families and the elderly living with life threatening illnesses by implementing art programs in hospitals and other healthcare settings. We are committed to patient-family centered art experiences that are guided by mindfulness and led with joy. We engage patients, their siblings, parents and whenever possible their medical team in the creative process. It is proven when families come together to express themselves through art-making, their anxieties calm and worries reduce, allowing them to find meaning during this crucial time in their lives. The Red & Orange House Foundation provides this comfort because self-expression speeds healing.
Family caregivers of patients with cancer reported a significant reduction in depression, stress, and anxiety and a significant improvement in overall mood, after participating in an art session.*
Inside The Red & Orange House, our work helps patients and their families:
- forget illness and pain for a while
- enhance dialogues between the experience of the patient and their medical teams
- calm anxiety and reduce worry
- raise spirits
- enrich family relationships
Walsh, S., and Schmidt, L. “Testing the Efficacy of the Creative-Arts Intervention with Family Caregivers of Patients with Cancer.” Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 36 (3), 214-219 (2004)
The Red & Orange House relies on support from individual donors to maintain our work in hospitals and other healthcare facilities. Each gift brings another art-making experience to a patient’s bedside or their family sitting in the family surgical waiting room.