The Playroom Project: “Interviews with Artists”
That is why I am making it my mission to raise the $50,000 needed to open the Child Life playrooms every Saturday for an entire year! In order to bring access to these places of creative expression for CHLA’s more than deserving patients and families, I will be conducting original interviews on the essentials of creativity with accomplished artists from around the world in an on going series called “Interviews with Artists” If you are moved by this cause or their interviews please donate below:
This Project Benefits:
“Play is an essential part of a child’s treatment and recovery. Ten Child Life playrooms at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles are a sanctuary for patients, protected space away from medical procedures, and designed for fun and social interaction. As masters of this domain, patients choose to play, express themselves freely, and engage in activities which distract them from worry and pain. Patients’ siblings also benefit from therapeutic play to ease their stress, and parents find playrooms welcoming environments where they can socialize with families in similar situations.
Unfortunately, the Child Life program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is operating in triage mode. Due to limited resources, we can employ only four Child Life assistants who open playrooms and implement activities for an average of three hours per day. However, it is imperative that patients and families have access to playrooms throughout the day and in the evening.”
~Karen Wirick, Director of Development for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles