Project bringing arts to pediatric patients gets national honor

Positively El Paso

POSTED: Friday, November 22, 2013 - 11:51am

UPDATED: Friday, November 22, 2013 - 11:53am

An El Paso project is getting recognition on the national stage.

Creative Kids, a non-profit group that encourages children through the arts and humanities in El Paso, beat out 350 other organizations for top honors: the 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award.


Friday afternoon, 12-year-old Danashiya Pritchard will be painting a picture of what art can do for our body and mind, from the East Wing of the White House.

She will introduce First Lady Michelle Obama live online, before the award is presented.

"Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night, like, 'I'm going to meet the President's wife! It's just an amazing feeling!" she said.

Creative Kids is being awarded for a specific arts program that operates out of Providence Children's Hospital.

For Danashiya, who was born with sickle cell anemia, Project AIM (Arts in Motion) has given her an escape from the tubes and machines around her.

"When I'm painting, I forget the pain," she said. "I don't think about the fact that I'm in the hospital. And that's what it allows me to do. It allows me to forget."

For their efforts, Creative Kids will receive a $10,000 grant to continue their work.

To watch Danashiya's speech live, go to

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