Arts in Health

Arts in Health series began as an educational tool to bring awareness to students and the community about health issues that affect youth. We work with health professionals and area schools to stage productions that address social physical and emotional issues affecting young people.

The Performing Arts in Children's Education cast of "Window Pains" won the Outstanding Healthcare Volunteer Hero Award.


Zink, the Myth, the Legend, the Zebra (2008)
A story about a young girl with leukemia. We collaborated with Pascales Pals, a local Columbia foundation that brings relief and hope to Mid Missouri families struggling with a child with cancer.

The Jellybean Conspiracy (2009)
A play about children with special needs, specifically Down's Syndrome. We collaborated with The Jellybean Conspiracy, Inc., being the first group in Mid Missouri to perform this play.

Window Pains (2010)
Original commissioned work about autism. Cast performed scenes for the Missouri Legislature that had an impact on their decision to keep insurance funding for autism. Additionally, the cast won the Columbia Tribune Hero Award for their work in Healthcare.
Window Pains is available for performance.
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The Yellow Boat (2011)
The Yellow Boat is based on the true story of David and Sonja Saar's son, Benjamin, who was born with congenital hemophilia, and died in 1987 at the age of 8 of AIDS related complications. A uniquely gifted visual artist, Benjamin's buoyant imagination transformed his physical and emotional pain into a blaze of colors and shapes in his fanciful drawings and paintings. The story of THE YELLOW BOAT Is a glorious affirmation of a child's life, and the strength and courage of all children.

Secret Life of Girls (2011-2012) An honest and unflinching dramatization of teen-girl angst. Based upon interviews with girls on the giving and receiving end of bullying, the play highlights the impact of "cyberbullying," the facilitation of mean-spirited behaviors through the use of cell phones, text and instant messaging, e-mail and chat rooms. The portrayal of the sobering reality of these girls' lives can start a conversation in homes, schools and communities, providing the opportunity to reveal the secrets and address the complexities which dominate the lives of many young women.