Ogden Funds Art Therapy Suite at Children’s Hospital

NEW ORLEANS – The new Behavioral Health Center at Children’s Hospital New Orleans offers patients a dedicated Art Therapy suite thanks to a $100,000 gift from Roger Ogden, founder of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

Ogden’s donation allows for an increase in one-on-one therapy sessions, and new technology and equipment to enhance the art therapy experience.

“It is my pleasure to bring more art and music into the lives of Children’s Hospital’s behavioral health patients,” said Ogden. “My hope is that an enhanced artistic experience will promote happiness and healing.”

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The Ogden Art Therapy Suite offers patients a quiet and creative space for increased awareness, acceptance, and celebration of the self. Patient artwork often reflects the natural landscape that is visible outside the expansive windows and can symbolize the exploration of shifting emotions and processing of life events.

“We are proud to be able to provide therapeutic, safe and positive behavioral healthcare experiences,” said Rene Guilbeau, director of child life and creative therapies at Children’s. “These programs engage and empower expressive and creative opportunities where children and adolescents can use art and music to learn beneficial lifelong coping skills.”

Children and adolescents in the program receive support from a certified art therapist.

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“Roger Ogden’s generous contribution to our Behavioral Health Art Therapy program will help many children throughout Louisiana foster healing through art,” says John R. Nickens, president and CEO at Children’s. “We are grateful for Roger’s commitment to the Campaign for Louisiana’s Children, and for his shared vision to shape a better future for children.”

The $25 million Behavioral Health Center, located on the hospital’s main campus, opened earlier this year as part of Children’s $300 million campus expansion. The Behavioral Health Center is exclusively dedicated to serving children and adolescents with a wide range of mental and behavioral health disorders.

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