Arts in Healing

Arts in Healing is much more than a diversion to keep people from becoming bored during their hospitalization

Arts in healing

Why Support Arts in Healing?

The program would not be possible without your gifts. Donations cover everything from the salaries of art and music therapists to art supplies and musical instruments. The best part is, they make it possible for us to provide these important services at no cost to MUSC patients and their families.

Our creative arts therapists also care for our care teams, helping them manage stress and prevent the burnout that often comes from working with sick patients.

Demand for Arts in Healing services has grown dramatically since it began in 2018. MUSC Health Medical Center currently includes four hospitals with more than 700 beds. Today, we have just six creative arts therapists to serve these patients, their families and their caregivers.

The need is especially high at the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital, where there is often a waitlist of children and families who need our help.

You change what’s possible when you support people like Meredith [Horwatt, MT-BC], who help make hospital stays easier for patients and their families. Please give so that we can get a second Meredith.

Ryan Henson, father of James, a pediatric heart patient

Ryan Henson

How You Can Help

With your support, we can continue to heal hospitalized patients, their families and our care teams through the arts. Your donation, combined with others, will also help us meet our greatest need: hiring more creative arts therapists, so we can reach even more patients in our hospitals and our community.

Additional therapists would allow us to offer creative arts therapy to patients outside of the hospital, including those in treatment for cancer, or receiving palliative or hospice care. In the future, we would like to expand our program to include dance/movement therapy.

Ways Your Gift Could Make an Impact

$34 = One hospital visit.
$68 = Two group therapy sessions to help prevent care team burnout.
$102 = Three family therapy sessions.
$154 = One creative arts therapy session for outpatient cancer patients.
$200/month = If 29 people each gave $200 a month, we could hire a full-time creative arts therapist for the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital.

By the Numbers




Hospital Visits a Year

3,600 +

Family Therapy Sessions a Year


Care Team Group Therapy Sessions a Year

Donations of Art or Supplies

If you are interested in donating artwork, art/craft materials and/or musical instruments, please contact