Student Provides Art Therapy to Children Through Internship at Brenner Children’s Hospital

HIGH POINT, N.C., Dec. 5, 2011 – Meghan Callahan, a junior at High Point University, recently found a unique way to use her art major to benefit local children with a life-threatening illness thanks to an internship with Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston-Salem.

Callahan, who is majoring in graphic design with a minor in psychology, is working as an Arts for Life Intern, a program on the oncology floor that focuses on using arts as a form of bringing joy to the children. While there, she will be working with children ages 2 to 18 who have cancer, sickle cell anemia, and various other chronic illnesses who are going through treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy.

As part of her internship, Callahan will be writing, developing and implementing art projects and lesson plans, as well as visiting the rooms of the patients and creating art with them individually. Callahan says her internship highlights HPU’s positive impact in the local community through the student’s creative abilities.

“This is an exciting opportunity where I will be using my passion for art to help these children cope with the effects of their lifelong illness and put a smile on their face,” says Callahan. “I get to brighten their day as much as they get to brighten mine, and that is what I get most excited about.”

 

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