I wanted to look at today’s challenge in a different light. I generally challenge you to send us your art.
At times, I have challenged you to send me the art you find out in the public in the town you live in. But today, I decided to focus on another side of free, publicly displayed art.
Did you know that there is an actual organization that focuses on providing comforting art in hospital settings?
In fact, Hospital Art is an organization that has utilized over one million volunteers and patients. Together, they united and created over 50,000 paintings for more than 7,500 hospitals in 195 countries!
All of this has happened since 1984.
So, for this week’s challenge, I wanted to reach out to those of you who have visited hospitals and found some creative, beautiful art. In a setting where people are often stressed, overwhelmed and scared, art can be an amazing way to reduce your stress.
Here is one example I found that I wanted to share. According to Metropolis, this photo was taken by Takashi Murakami and is located in the CT/PET Scan Suite at Children’s National Hospital in Washington D.C.
I don’t know about you, but this is much more pleasant than most hospital settings I have been in.
So, here is the challenge. I want to see the art you have found in your local hospitals.
My goal will be to write blogs about all the great places that support and value art and I feel as if hospitals generally support that arts.
Help me write future blogs. Help me get the word out about your beautiful, comforting hospital.
We want them to know we appreciate their support of the arts as well as their attempt to make a traumatic visit one that is bearable.
Remember, this doesn’t have to be “just” a children’s hospital either. It can be a local clinic or even a psychiatric facility. There are no limits.
I imagine that when stars like Britney Spears and Demi Lovato stayed in facilities, they stayed in places who valued physical, emotional and mental well-being and included art in their healing.
I don’t know if you read about what happened in Michigan where there was a carbon monoxide exposure that happened at a country music festival.
As I read this horrible headline this morning, my first thought was I hope those family’s find peace and solace. I also hoped that the hospital was not only equipped to handle this crisis, but filled with art so those who were there had something pleasant to focus on in these tough times.
That is my hope for any of you who have to frequent these scary, stressful locations.
Mark Hyman said, “the power of community to create health is far greater than any physician, clinic or hospital.”
Community is all inclusive, which means it includes the art world. So, art is another great way of finding your optimal health!
I can’t wait to see the amazing, art-filled hospitals in your community!
Head over to Her Blaze for contact info to share the art in your community.