We sat down with one of our teachers to discuss anything and everything Youth Art For Healing.
This school year marks tremendous participation and growth for non-profit Youth Art For Healing—a Bethesda, MD, based organization whose programs contribute to the arts in healthcare movement together with hundreds of students and dozens of art teachers. An astonishing 299 original paintings created by students from 19 area schools, with the support of 24 art teachers across three different counties, will be on display for one night only at a capstone reception May 3, 2016 and then head for permanent installation in nine healthcare locations in the Washington Metropolitan Area.
We are so fortunate to have our school and healthcare partners for the 2016-17 school year. We are creating a total of 155 paintings for four healthcare locations this year.
Children’s National Health System
Total of 18 Paintings
Wheaton High School
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
Total of 37 Paintings
Project 1 — Walt Whitman High School
Project 2 — Montgomery Blair High School
Project 3 — Richard Montgomery High School
MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital
Total of 55 Paintings
Project 1 — Albert Einstein High School
Project 2 — The School Without Walls
— Watkins Mill High School
Project 3 — Winston Churchill High School
Dimensions Healthcare System
Total of 45 Paintings
Project 1 — Northwestern High School
— Charles H. Flowers High School
— Montpelier Elementary School
Project 2 — Northwestern High School
— Suitland Elementary School
Painting calm nature scenes, landscapes, waterscapes and wildlife, 35 Garrett Park Elementary School students enjoyed participating in their 2015 - 2016 Youth Art For Healing project. The final pieces brighten up west hallways at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital. See the student's sketches below.
Students at Charles H. Flowers High School were inspired when creating their Youth Art For Healing 2015-2016 project. 12 students created 17 paintings for installation in reception areas, hallways and conference rooms in the Family Health and Wellness Center at Prince George's Hospital Center. Here's what art department faculty had to say about the process upon completion:
"When the idea of Youth Art For Healing was presented to us, we thought it was a great opportunity to involve ourselves in the community. We never could have imagined how much our students could get from this process or the impact it would have on them throughout the school year."
"Creating these paintings started like any school project - brainstorming and discussing concepts..Once students reached the point of actually painting, everyone froze!...they were creating paintings with a purpose. They felt scared to make a mistake, but excited about what their paintings could be. With encouragement from their peers and staff, slowly paintings started to take shape...They had group discussions about how the paintings would make them feel if they were in the office viewing it...They learned about composition, color theory, painting techniques, and working with a client...They used multiple strategies to deal with their frustrations, and they were able to move forward step by step to reach their goals. This is an experience they will carry with them for many years to come."
And here's a glimpse at some of the students' completed paintings:
12 students from Damascus High School created soothing park, nature trail and garden scenes through their 2015-2016 Youth Art For Healing project. These 12 paintings are now providing comfort in hallways and 3rd floor atriums at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital. Here's what Damascus Art teacher Gretchen Goldsmith says about the program:
"Youth Art For Healing (YAFH) has won me over, heart, body & soul as an Art Educator & Artist because during YAFH projects, we are dedicated to creating art as a vehicle for positive change, happiness and wellbeing for all involved parties. I readily see a marked change within myself and my students through our participation with YAFH projects. Our shared time together, many late afternoons in most cases, lends itself to special, personal conversations and at times silliness which gives birth to new inter-personal relationships based on our shared YAFH experiences. YAFH opportunities are so dearly loved by students, they begin asking in August for our next assignment."
See students and their completed pieces, ready for delivery to MedStar NRH for installation.
This school year marks tremendous participation and growth for non-profit Youth Art For Healing—a Bethesda, MD, based organization whose programs contribute to the arts in healthcare movement together with hundreds of students and dozens of art teachers. An astonishing 299 original paintings created by students from 19 area schools, with the support of 24 art teachers across three different counties, will be on display for one night only at a capstone reception May 3, 2016 and then head for permanent installation in nine healthcare locations in the Washington Metropolitan Area. Students from public schools, including 13 in Montgomery County, four in Prince George’s County and two in D.C., are taking part in this movement to create uplifting works of art for patients and families in participating healthcare centers.
Themes for the paintings ranged from fruit and vegetable still lifes, calm nature scenes and landscapes, families and children playing together, flowers and gardens in all four seasons, parks and paths in nature, wildlife and more. Each beautiful painting took countless hours to create and prepare for installation.
This year’s healthcare partners, where the themed collections of students’ artworks will be permanently installed, include:
Holy Cross Hospital, MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital – Olney Campus, Walter Reed Fisher House at Forest Glen Annex, Suburban Hospital, MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Children’s National Health System, Prince George’s Hospital Center and Doctors Community Hospital.
At Tuesday’s reception, guests will celebrate the benefits and contributions of talent, time and support from all the students and art teachers, and the comfort, inspiration and healing these works of art will provide for patients, their loved ones and staff alike, who might be dealing with or aiding in the recovery or treatment for a traumatic injury or debilitating disease.
Many years of confirmed studies support what YAFH does to contribute toward the larger arts in healthcare movement. Research indicates that bringing the arts into healthcare environments has tangible impact on the lives of patients and families, helping to improve their physical and emotional healing and recovery.
Even the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale, recognized the benefits of visual stimulation for patients in her care during the mid to late-1800’s, with publication of her words in her book, Notes on Nursing. She is quoted as saying, “Little as we know about the way in which we are affected by form, by colour, and light, we do know this, that they have an actual physical effect. Variety of form and brilliancy of colour in the objects presented to patients are actual means of recovery.”
Earlier during the school year, U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy invited YAFH to have a special exhibit on Capitol Hill, featuring student artwork for several days in the Russell Rotunda located in the Russell Senate Building in Washington D.C.
With their three-phase project-based program approach, YAFH partners and works closely with healthcare organizations and schools, and nurtures the creativity and empathy of students who create healing works of art for permanent installation in healthcare facilities.
Their joint mission is to bring works of art created by youth into healthcare environments to provide a sense of comfort, inspiration and healing for patients and their loved ones, and healthcare professionals.
To view the amazing student artwork and connect with Youth Art For Healing on social media, please select the appropriate channels below and follow the #YouthArtForHealing and #YAFHStudentArt hashtag.
This year, art students at Albert Einstein High School worked on two Youth Art For Healing projects. 22 students created 12 fruit and vegetable paintings to brighten MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital’sdining room. And 22 students created five sunflower and meadow scenes for Suburban Hospital’s waiting room. #ArtHeals#ArtsinHealthcare#YAFHStudentArt
- Holy Cross Hospital
- MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital - Olney Campus Outpatient Clinic
- Walter Reed Fisher House at Forest Glen Annex
- Suburban Hospital
- MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital
- MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
- Children’s National Health System
- Prince George’s Hospital Center
- Doctors Community Hospital
Montgomery County Public Schools:
- Albert Einstein High School
- Carderock Springs Elementary School
- Damascus High School
- Garrett Park Elementary School
- Montgomery Blair High School
- Parkland Middle School
- Poolesville High School
- Richard Montgomery High School
- Rosa Parks Middle School
- Walt Whitman High School
- Watkins Mill High School
- Wheaton High School
- Winston Churchill High School
Prince George’s County Public Schools:
- Charles Herbert Flowers High School
- Gwynn Park High School
- Northwestern High School
- Oxon Hill High School
DC Public Schools:
- Ballou High School
- The School Without Walls
Walt Whitman High School students participated in a special Youth Art For Healing project for the Fisher House at Andrews Air Force Base. The students’ twenty beautiful paintings in memory of Matthew Papirmeister, cherished son of Jan and Chuck, and big brother to Sara, reflect the life of Matt and his family.
Watch as our students, art teachers and school staff, parents, healthcare staff, and our supporters enjoy the display of beautiful artworks at our receptions.