Thesis Title

A Japanese Art Form Koinobori, Hospitalized Children, and Hope: A Proposal

Graduation Date

Fall 1994

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Document Form


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy

Degree Granting Institution

Notre Dame de Namur University

Program Name

Art Therapy


The Pacific Art League of Palo Alto is seeking $1,890.00 from The David and Lucile Packard Foundation in support of a cross-cultural, community art program designed to promote hope and well-being in hospitalized children and their families. This pilot program will be developed and implemented through the Pacific Art League's outreach (Traveling Art) program, the Special Children's Art Project. The program intends to explore the Japanese art form koinobori (a carp-shaped, cloth streamer, a type of banner or windsock) as a means to inspire and engender hope. It is anticipated that this art project will help promote the positive adjustment in both child and family members to the child's experience of illness. The project is designed primarily to serve children confined to bed who may not be able to participate in the therapeutic play and activities normally scheduled in the hospital playroom. The art program will be conducted during the summer and fall of 1995 and will serve approximately 40 to 60+ children and their families. This costs approximately $30 per head inclusive of the extended families, whose number cannot be accurately estimated.