Arts in Medicine

The Arts in Medicine Program at the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton offers support groups in the form of art classes for cancer patients and their family members, along with one-day arts retreats. Classes are co-facilitated by professional artists and a counselor from the Institute. They include soapstone carving, painting, fibre arts, quilting, journal writing, sculpting and music. Art Therapists also offer psychological counselling and opportunities to "clarify and express emotions through creative expression" as part of the psychosocial and spiritual resources the Institute makes available to its patients.