In 1971 President Nixon signed into law Clown Week, a week to recognize clowns and the work they do for our communities around the nation. National Clown Week takes place every year from August 1st through the 7th.
As a Planetree Designated Hospital, one of Longmont United Hospital’s patient-centered initiatives is arts and entertainment which includes therapeutic clowning as an inspirational and powerful tool to promote the healing process. LUH’s Caring Clown program was created in 2000 after world renowned physician, comedian and clown Patch Adams visited the City of Longmont and assisted with the dedication of LUH’s new hospital tower. LUH’s Caring Clowns are volunteers dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of hospitalized patients, their families, friends and caregivers. Our clowns complete a comprehensive clown training course on the art of gentle humor.
In celebration of National Clown Week 2015, all nine of the LUH Caring Clowns will be at the hospital on Wednesday, August 5, starting at 11:00 am to visit with as many patients and visitors as possible. On Friday, August 7th the clowns will head up to the Carousel of Happiness, located at 20 Lakeview Drive in Nederland, CO for an hour of good times, 9:30 – 10:30 am. The Carousel is a magical menagerie featuring 56 whimsical, hand-carved animals on a restored 1910 Looff carousel, turning to the music of a 1913 Wurlitzer band organ. The Colorado Clowns will be joining in the festivities. The Carousel opens to the public at 10:00 am and the clowns invite as many people as possible to come and ride the carousel with them.