Keith Haring at La Rabida Children’s Hospital

Last week RxArt took a trip to Chicago to celebrate the grand opening of La Rabida’s stunning new Outpatient Center.

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Image courtesy of Medical Construction & Design

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Image courtesy of Medical Construction & Design

La Rabida Children’s Hospital is the only hospital of its kind in Chicago. The hospital specializes in treating kids with lifelong conditions such as diabetes and sickle cell disease, as well as those with developmental disabilities, or who have suffered abuse or trauma. La Rabidaʼs young patients have medically complex conditions that require costly, ongoing management. Philanthropic support is critical since much of the care that has been proven to benefit patients is not adequately covered by insurance. RxArt’s support enabled La Rabida to make the additional step to alleviate pain by providing a comforting environment and healthy distractions with Keith Haring’s uplifting facsimile.

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Image courtesy of La Rabida Children’s Hospital

In collaboration with The Keith Haring Foundation, RxArt installed a 13’6” by 7’ work that adorns the entrance of the hospital’s new ambulatory wing. The work is meant to “brighten the days of the children, staff and visitors,” says RxArt founder Diane Brown.

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Image courtesy of La Rabida Children’s Hospital

Energy pulses through Keith Haring’s work like a strong steady heartbeat. Haring believed, “Art should be something that liberates the soul, provokes the imagination and encourages people to go further.”  Combining process, theater, and supreme calligraphic and compositional skill, Haring danced his drawings, perceiving the act of creation as a performance and ritual of every day life. Painting for Haring was transformative process, providing a creative catharsis. The energy, optimism and spontaneity of this image will provoke the imagination and inspire creativity in the pediatric patients of La Rabida Hospital. This facsimile of Haring’s work captures the incessant motion of his line, bringing the universal symbols of the unconscious and collective imagination to the surface.

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Image courtesy of La Rabida Children’s Hospital

The project was made possible through the generosity of The Keith Haring Foundation, The Capitanini Family and the John T. Jackson Foundation.

On Monday, February 10th, a reception celebrating RxArt’s installation was  held at The Langham Hotel hosted by RxArt Founder Diane Brown, Pamella and Alfredo Capitanini, and Beth and Dr. Richard Heller III. An icon on the city’s skyline, The Langham, Chicago occupies the first 13 floors of a 52-story skyscraper designed by celebrated architect Mies van der Rohe. The reception was a joyous celebration and we are incredibly grateful to have been a part of La Rabida’s growing success.

  • – Jillian Siegel


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