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Tales of the Art

"Fools Rush In" We were told by staff that a little girl was extremely upset, screaming and crying. "We haven't been able to get in her room. Why don't you see if you can?"

Healing Laughter: Observing hospital clowns on their “clinical rounds.” The little girl is maybe a year old, sitting up in her hospital bed, eyes wide, transfixed by three brightly colored scarves swirling before her. A clown wearing a disheveled fake doctor’s coat, white, with tuxedo tails trailing behind, is juggling the scarves in graceful silence.

"The Drainage Dance Song" Dr. Truman B. Awesome and I were making our rounds when a doctor asked us if we could see her patient in a private kidney dialysis room. “Of course!” we said.

"Tears of Joy" The six month old baby was very sick, his belly swollen from a liver transplant. His exhausted parents sat vigil nearby, but beckoned me in.

"A Perfect Punch Line" We peered through the glass of a room occupied by a bored sixteen year old boy lying on his bed watching TV. He looked up, surprised and curious at this sudden interruption by two middle-aged female clowns, wearing rainbow colors and white coats.

"A Light Inside Her" "Cindy" has severe autism. A therapeutic play specialist had not been able to engage her at all and we were told we likely wouldn't succeed.

"Rehabilitation Improvisation" Just out of brain surgery, "Marcy" was non-responsive, agitated and fearful. When anyone approached her, she would turn her head to the side and scream, "No! No!"

"The Wheelchair Waltz" We were interacting with a girl of about 14 who has Down Syndrome; she was in a wheelchair with a cast on her outstretched leg, dressed and coiffed to the nines, right down to her sparkly gloves.

"Short Takes" Of Beethoven's 9th, grand entrances, teddy bears, and TP'ing a room.

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This program is supported in part by grants from the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, 4culture (King County Arts Commission), Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Sponsored by Seattle Office of Arts & Culture
Sponsored by 4Culture (King County Arts Commission)
Sponsored by Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA)
Sponsored by National Endowment for the Arts

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