In 2016, RxART partnered with St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital in Bayside, Queens on a special Arts Education program over the summer. 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.
In 2018, William Wegman visited Hurley Medical Center in Flint, MI after the completion of his project in the corridors and waiting room of the Pediatric Trauma Center and Burn Unit. Wegman brought books about his famous Weimaraner puppies and coloring materials to lead drawing activities with the young patients.
Many of RxArt’s hospital partners employ certified art therapists whose work promotes physical and cognitive improvements in the patients. The RxArt Arts Education program complemented the respective child life programs at the partner hospitals where they took place through the discovery of new creative outlets with practicing artists and arts educators. The goal was 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. Art offered these young warriors an inspiring escape from the physical obstacles they are working to overcome daily.
RxART is grateful for the generous support of the Arts Education program from The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation and The Rallis Foundation, with materials kindly donated through Materials for the Arts (MFTA) and Swarovski.