Akron Children’s Emily Cooper Welty Expressive Therapy Center is the only facility in northeast Ohio designed for patients, families, staff and the community to receive holistic healing through the arts. Read More...
The Emily Cooper Welty Expressive Therapy Center at Akron Children’s Hospital is a 3,000 square-foot, colorful, sky-lit space where children, their families and others can use the creative arts to deal with illness, cope with emotions and find comfort. It is staffed by art and music therapists trained to address psychosocial and physiological concerns.
Treatment goals include:
Named for Emily Cooper Welty, in honor of her $1.2 million donation, the expressive therapy center has received support from various organizations, including Panera Bread, Northern Ohio Golf Charities, the Akron Children’s Hospital Women’s Board, the Paul and Carol David Foundation, the Helen Brach Foundation, the Howard Atwood family, Eileen Burg, and Dr. Ron and Maureen Russ, among others.
Community Artist Opportunities
Local artists are encouraged to present their works at the center. Depending on the project, artists must submit a One-Time Artist Proposal or an Extended Artist Proposal to be considered for presentation.
Volunteers serve a very important role in what we do in the Expressive Therapy Center. We count on volunteers to visit floors and help bring patients to and from the Center to attend various activities, as well as to assist with therapeutic groups, do laundry, work events and clean supplies.
The center accepts applications through the Volunteer office. Applications can also be submitted online.
All volunteers must be high school graduates who are at least 18 years old. Contact the center directly for additional shadowing and project opportunities.
The expressive therapy center also maintains a wish list of items that help ensure are continued creative support for the children served by Akron Children's Hospital. Contact the center to learn more about donating these and other items not on the list.
Located at Akron Children’s Hospital in downtown Akron, the Emily Cooper Welty Expressive Therapy Center provides a unique combination of creative staff, space and materials to promote healing among patients and families. Features include:
Other therapeutic tools include iPads®, high-definition camcorders and a resource library of songs and books.
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