Beginning in the late 80's Jennifer Viets found a way to combine her theater background with her work as a Child Life Specialist at Chicago's Childrens Memorial Hospital. She formed a NFP theater company called  "A Spoonful of Sugar" and later started one of the countries first Artist-In-Residence programs in a hosptial.

 

    
Since those initial programs coursework was designed for Northwestern Medical School for first and second year medical students - that brought them together with children and adults at the Rehabilitation Institue of Chicago. This led to a program for all incoming medical residents at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston and at Weiss Hospital in Chicago.

 

Her team of multi-disciplinary artists have provided workshops for patients and staff in hospitals throughout the city.

   Programs for patients and families

"This teaches me patience, and compassion, and gratitude, and what it's like to dance. With life."                                                                   S. Qurashi ~Medical Student Northwestern University

           Workshops and coursework for

                medical students and residents

  Health fairs and community workshops

Caring for the Caregiver workshops