The Ellen Project connects children with music and art by delivering primed pianos and paint supplies to children's hospitals. Kids who are well enough to leave their hospital beds have a chance to paint and interact with these pianos. For kids who cannot leave their bed, stickers are brought to their bedside to be painted, and then placed on the pianos. Once the paint dries, musicians perform “mini-concerts” at hospital bedsides, hospital lobbies, or in other intentional spaces within the hospital. Afterwards, the piano is installed at the hospital for others to play and enjoy.
Kids and their families receive free T-shirts, bracelets, and Songs of Hope CD’s during the visit...
Activities like music therapy have been proven to promote, maintain, and restore physical and mental health amount young patients. Studies have shown that art therapy reduces heart rate, helps patients cope with and process stress, improves motor skills, and increases overall outlook and sense of well-being.
THE STORY OF TWO SISTERS: ELLEN & MOLLY
Molly was 6 years old when she was diagnosed with leukemia. Her sister, Ellen, is only two years older and is committed to being by her side. They are constantly thankful for the time they can spend together. The toughest parts of Molly’s treatment process have been when there are visitation restrictions. Ellen and Molly have always been close and these times apart were very tough.
Ellen loves to share things she has learned, and Molly is a willing audience. When Ellen participated in the mentorship program with Keys 4/4 Kids, it was only natural that she wanted to share her experience with her sister. In June of 2013, she was able to do just that. Keys 4/4 Kids helped to organize an event at Children's Hospital of Minneapolis where Molly was being treated...
And through Ellen's love for her sister, Molly, the Ellen Project was born.