The Artists at Jerard Studio work with kid artists to create finished pieces of art that are installed on Gallery Wall at the Claire Tow Pediatric Day Hospital at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. This is an ongoing program. The purpose of the wall is to create a living, responsive and evolving atmosphere in the Pediatric Day Hospital waiting room. From the initial installation of individual scenes of images inspired by happenings around New York City, created by the staff members’ children, the Gallery Wall evolved into full wall mural environments.
Dozens of patients, siblings and children of staff are involved in the process of creating art and transforming it into displays, which are newly developed and installed every 18 to 24 months. Creativity reached pinnacle levels as the young artists crafted and imagined within the hospital alongside artists from Jerard Studio.
We have also developed pieces with the pediatric Community at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore. These projects do not only enable the participating children to learn but also the patients who view the art in the hospital. Whereas the work of adult “professional” artists can seem to kids out of the reach of their capabilities; another child’s work opens a door to the viewing child: this is something he or she can achieve as well. Since the hospital’s mission is the care and nurturing of children, this seems an ideal way of integrating them into this environment designed for them.
We are interested in continuing our work with the community. If you have a program in mind that could involve us please let us know!
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