Memorial North Park Hospital introduced a new program earlier this year which features the artwork of local students.
“We believe art, especially children’s artwork, can be healing for our patients, visitors and employees,” said Steve Taylor, a founding member of the Healing Art Committee at Memorial North Park Hospital.
The Healing Art program partners with art teachers at local schools. Students at the school submit their artwork to the art teacher who then chooses about 30 pieces to be framed and hung in the main entrance of the hospital.
“Visitors, patients and employees will stop in the hall to look at the artwork,” Mr. Taylor said. “That is what is so great about this program; the artwork just puts a smile on everyone’s face.”
Since its inception earlier this year, the program has featured three rotating exhibits. The current exhibit honors the artwork of students at Allen Elementary School.
“Because I have a daughter at Allen, I know the school encourages creativity,” Mr. Taylor said. “Barbara McMinn, a third-grade teacher as well as the school’s art teacher, was enthusiastic about participating in the program.”
Each class at Allen submitted artwork and then a selection committee chose about 30 pieces that were most consistent with the healing art theme of the exhibit. The framed piece is displayed with the child’s first name and grade. Each child participating in the program receives a thank you letter from Memorial North Park Hospital administrator Debra Moore.
“This is a really exciting opportunity for the children whose artwork is exhibited. I have seen several children pointing out their artwork to their parents,” said Mr. Taylor.
The Healing Art program will be continued next school year. Participation from any school north of the river is welcomed.
Memorial North Park Hospital, a faith-based hospital, offers Healing Art, the Healing Garden, the Christ the Healer chapel and chaplaincy services for patients, visitors, staff, physicians and volunteers.