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The Dream Big Studio at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh is part of Creative and Expressive Arts Therapy (CEAT). It's an independent TV and radio studio supported through philanthropy.
Dream Big teaches children through entertainment and peer interaction.
The programs we air are specially crafted to meet the interests of our patients and to promote normalization and development while admitted to the hospital.
DBS encourages engagement in the clinical setting so that our patients may enhance their self-esteem, gain a sense of mastery and dream big!
Children who come to the studio get hands-on experience by having the chance to:
Types of programs you can expect include:
This closed-circuit, in-house station also allows us to host visitors — including celebrities!
Imagine being in the hospital for a long stay, and you can't leave your room. At home, you're at school and around other kids, but then you're suddenly isolated.
These can be stressful times for kids and can cause them to feel lonely.
When we designed our studio, we had these children in mind.
Dream Big gives those in isolation a way to reach beyond their hospital rooms and connect with other kids.
From their rooms, children can tune in to Channel 1 to see our taped and live shows. Patients receive bedside kits of all the materials they’ll need to follow along with our hosts. Using the studio’s call-in feature, they can hear their voice live on air and talk with the patient hosts!
Our station is always looking for new content.
We want to include new and fresh talent, ideas, on-air personalities, and listeners who might call into a show.
If your child has an idea for a show on Channel 1 — Dream Big, ask staff for a consult with our team or email studio staff directly to share your feedback. Emails can be found below under, “Our Staff”.
We're open Monday through Friday, 7:30am to 3:30pm.
You can find our live shows on a public calendar available at each inpatient unit HUC station. If you’re interested, ask staff to consult with our team. We’ll invite you to come tour and see how we make our shows during our “Backstage Pass” time.
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90.5 WESA (2/26/2020)
Children’s Hospital delivers a cure for boredom with new Dream Big Studio
Television studio opens for Children's Hospital inpatients
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (1/19/2020)
Dream Big Studio brings hope and inspirations to UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh patients
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
In addition to the main hospital, Children's has many convenient locations in other neighborhoods throughout the greater Pittsburgh region.
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