Creative Arts


The Creative Arts and Music Therapy program, part of the Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies, provides our patients, family members, and caregivers with a variety of options to support well-being during cancer treatment. From painting to music and writing, the program provides a range of creative outlets to suit every interest.

Patients who participate in the program say the activities relieve stress, provide an important outlet for self-expression, and offer a welcome distraction from treatment.

Programs include:

  • Open Arts Studio: A walk-in space in the Eleanor and Maxwell Blum Patient and Family Resource Center on the first floor of the Yawkey Center that provides materials for, and assistance with, independently exploring creative arts.
  • Creative arts workshops: Painting, jewelry making, collage, knitting, and more.
  • Music Therapy: Group music experiences that explore music making, instrument instruction, and meditation supported by live music.
  • Creative Writing: Volunteers help inspire your creative process and teach new techniques.
  • Creative arts exhibits: Share your art with others. We provide display spaces throughout the Institute.

The Open Arts Studio is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All materials and art instruction are provided free of charge. Please contact the Blum Resource Center at 617-632-5570 for more details.

For information about current Creative Arts and Music Therapy offerings, visit the Zakim Center program calendar, or contact the Center at 617-632-3322, or email

Art Studio or Environmental Music Volunteer

If you're interested in becoming an Art Studio or Environmental Music volunteer with the Zakim Center, please email with your name, age, contact information, statement of interest, and 1-2 audio samples (for music volunteers). A representative from the Zakim Center will then contact you regarding your application.

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