“This is so relaxing I don’t want to leave”

Arts Horizons Teaching Artist Nina Tantillo-Elton led a family workshop a the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM)  in conjunction with NYC DOE Hospital Schools to support families with loved ones in medical crisis.  A group over 25 participants experienced the meditative and healing power of ojo de dios (eye of god in Spanish).

Hospital Schools PD Nina elton

Creative arts workshops are particularly valuable for family members, hospital school educators, administrators, counselors, and support staff from CHAM, to share time, exchange information, and participate in a healing practice during critical times such as the hospitalization of a child.   Overheard at the workshop, a mother shared how the opportunity allowed a moment of restoration, “It got me not thinking for a while.”

The image of the God’s eye as a protective shield is particularly poignant for family and healthcare professionals.  The meditative practice becomes prayer-like, cultivating strength and a shield of protection.

For more information, contact Dena Malarek, Director of Special Populations and NYC Residencies dena@artshorizons.org

About Arts Horizons

Arts Horizons is a premier not-for-profit arts-in-education organization that provides live professional performances and artist-in-residence programs to students and professional development for teachers throughout the entire tri-state region. Our commitment is to make music, art, dance, theatre, new media and creative writing an integral part not only of learning, but of life. Through the transformative impact of the arts, we reach young people through many dimensions, breaking down the barriers of language and culture, accelerating personal growth, and stimulating children’s full potential to prepare them for life in the twenty-first century.

Posted on January 23, 2015, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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