A big congratulations to SVA MPS Art Therapy student, Sarah Fine, on being selected as the recipient of the American Art Therapy Association (AATA)’s Irene Rosner David Medical Art Therapy scholarship! This scholarship is awarded to a student who exemplifies an understanding of the role of the medical Art Therapist.
MPS Art Therapy chatted with Sarah about her award and her interest in medical Art Therapy:
“I first became interested in Medical Art Therapy through my grandmother’s transformative experience with art therapy. She experienced a brain injury that limited her verbal communication abilities, and my grandfather enlisted the help of an art therapist to help her communicate. I got to see my grandmother’s development into an artist beginning at her hospital bedside and spanning years of creating beautiful and expressive images. Pursuing medical art therapy has been one way to meaningfully impact lives at critical moments, and it’s also been a very special connection to my grandmother for me. I’m currently interning at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell primarily working with children and families in the Phyllis and David Komansky Children’s Hospital Hematology and Oncology treatment spaces.”
As an undergraduate student at Vanderbilt University, Sarah studied Medicine, Health, and Society and created ceramic art on the pottery wheel. In her first year as an SVA graduate student, she worked with middle school children referred to art therapy for experiences such as bullying, sexual abuse recovery, and ASD support. In this community-based setting, Sarah gained tremendous experience in interpreting developmental markers, working collaboratively with children and their parents, and attuning to individual communication solutions.
For this academic year, Sarah has joined the Creative Arts Therapy Department at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell supporting children undergoing cancer treatment and hospitalization. She considers creating art in the pediatric medical setting a powerful tool for cohesion, strength, and growth during one of the most critical moments in a family’s life. Following her graduation, Sarah is excited to contribute to the field by becoming an art therapy professional and collaborating on innovative research.