For young hospitalized patients, a chance to color, paint or draw can be a powerful tool.
As a Child Life assistant at Cardon Children’s Medical Center, Julie Anich works with kids in the art room on a regular basis.
“I really feel that the art, no matter what the diagnosis, is very relaxing for them. It’s like magic, in a sense – art is always an escape where kids could go to a place other than a hospital room and be a normal kid, even if it is just for an hour.”
Young Arts Arizona Ltd., will publicly exhibit the artwork of hospitalized kids from Cardon Children’s beginning this Friday, March 2, at the Purple Space gallery in downtown Phoenix.
The exhibit will also feature art created by children who are at risk due to learning challenges, economic conditions or difficult family circumstances.
Young Arts collaborates with 56 schools and agencies whose children create the art that is exhibited in publicly accessible buildings. For organizations with no art program in place, Young Arts conducts art workshops with a qualified teaching artist.
The community outreach that Young Arts strives to do is extensive; they exhibit children’s art in 24 public galleries all over Metro Phoenix and in Tucson, making art widely accessible to a huge audience. More than 12 million people have seen over 16,000 pieces of children’s art since Young Arts’ inception in 1999.
The exhibit is open to the public but if you want to attend the gallery dedication, an RSVP is recommended.
The Art of Healing
Friday, March 2, 5:30-7 PM at Purple Space Gallery, 2009 N 7th Street, Phoenix
Young Arts Arizona will dedicate the hall gallery at Purple Space to Valley philanthropist L. Roy Papp. Refreshments will be served.
The Purple Space Gallery is on the First Friday shuttle route.
RSVP for the dedication: 602-852-3605 or firstname.lastname@example.org