RxArt’s Arts Education initiative brings arts engagement to the pediatric patients at our project sites across the country. Working with the artists commissioned for RxArt projects and other contemporary artists, along with hospital staff, RxArt introduces interactive arts activities that are appropriate for the patients’ abilities.
The Arts Education program commenced at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Bayside, NY. Artists Will Cotton, Katherine Bernhardt, Julia Chiang and Katie Stout each created unique projects for the patient’s art classes in preparation for their annual art exhibition.
Many of RxArt’s hospital partners employ certified arts therapists whose work promotes physical and cognitive improvements in the patients. The RxArt Arts Education Initiative will compliment those healing programs through the discovery of new creative outlets with practicing artists and arts educators. Our goal is to provide patients of varying needs with the opportunity to learn about art through participatory activities that will help them develop new skills, modes of expression and confidence. The Arts Education Initiative will provide an important layer to RxArt Projects by extending the meaning and process of the installations directly to a patient’s bedside, a rehabilitation session, or the waiting room where they will receive their next treatment. Art will offer these young warriors an inspiring escape from the physical obstacles they are working to overcome daily.
RxArt is grateful for generous lead support of the Arts Education Initiative from The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation and The Rallis Foundation, with materials kindly donated through Materials for the Arts (MFTA) and Swarovski.