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The University of Chicago Medicine - Comer Children's Hospital

Comer Arts Program

Art in hospitals is an important and necessary tool. Studies link art with positive therapeutic effects that shorten surgical recovery times and improve health outcomes, proving that it is much more than mere decoration. In addition, it creates a positive atmosphere for children, families and health care professionals.

The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital Arts Program has established a new model of how art is used in a hospital. The decoration on each floor of the hospital is inspired by a poem, because poetry:


  • Provides a universal form of communication
  • Is accessible to people of all ages
  • Has the ability to transform experiences and communicate hope
  • Transcends differences — creating a community out of diversity

 Sculptures, painting, photography, interactive pieces, mobiles, fabric and three-dimensional art works have been chosen to expand upon the meaning of each poem. Our objective is to create an environment that is comforting, hope-inspiring and intellectually enriching for all who visit Comer Children's.

Comer Children's Arts Program, funded entirely through philanthropy, consists of over 500 commissioned, purchased and donated works of art. 

View some of the artwork hanging in Comer Children's Hospital.