Children who are battling serious illness receive great benefits from exploring the arts. We’ve developed programs that enable in-patient and out-patient kids of all ages to participate, learn and create.
Art Take 2TM is series of video classes taught by Breanna’s Gift teachers. Covid-19 regulations vary from state to state, but in Minnesota, we started thinking about how we could continue our mission from a distance. With playrooms locked down and no visitors, volunteers or volunteer groups allowed into the hospitals, children are so isolated and confined. We have created a video component and added it to Breanna’s Gift programs. This venture is called Art Take 2, a series of arts classes in a video format using our artist/teachers. Classes are very similar to what we bring to children in person and will include classes in visual arts, dance, music and performing arts. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Art TakeoutTM is a series of individual art projects that are designed by Breanna’s Gift teachers for children who are not able to leave their hospital room to join group classes. In addition to providing these projects for children at Ronald McDonald House and the hospitals we visit, Breanna’s Gift also sends Art Takeout projects to Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU in Richmond, Virginia, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Mayo Eugenio Litta Children’s Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota, Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando, Florida, Medical City Children’s Hospital in Dallas, Texas and American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison Wisconsin.
Breanna’s Gift classes in the arts are provided at no cost for critically ill children and their families. Classes are led by professional artists/teachers and each teacher is assisted by a Breanna’s Gift volunteer. Classes are taught at Ronald McDonald House Charities- Upper Midwest, Children’s Minnesota on both the Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses, and Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare.
No program would be complete without the opportunity to create and perform. Our artist workshops provide the perfect setting for children as they participate in drama camps, puppet shows and other visual arts and dance workshops and performances.
All Breanna’s Gift programs, including Art Takeout and Art Take2 video classes are free to children and their families and to recipient organizations.