Engaging the Community in Healthcare Art Programs

Children's Hospital Central California
At Distinctive Art Source, we pride ourselves on being a ‘source’ for art, not only by selecting and purchasing art but also by identifying options for art within the local community. DAS is committed to working with local artists whenever possible. This practice not only fosters mutually-beneficial relationships in the community, but also supports evidence-based design principles that show patients are comforted by familiar imagery or landscapes often featured in local artists’ work.

With each project, DAS enjoys bringing to the table innovative art solutions and cutting-edge creative options. Our portfolio and database of resources are among the tools we use in addition to our vast expertise and thirst for industry knowledge. But where we truly excel is in the creation of distinctive art programs that reflect the personality and resources of each community.

Art Programs Foster Community Relationships:

One of the benefits of a healthcare art program is the ability to engage communities and generate enthusiasm for the facility. The success of an ongoing art program depends on the support of various stakeholders of internal and external audiences including physicians, staff, volunteers, patients, families, artists, donors, organizations and businesses. Art programs can provide an opportunity to bring the community into the hospital — and bring the hospital into the community. When thoughtfully created, art programs present an opportunity for large scale participation, support branding, generate enthusiasm, share resources and keep the art program alive.

Examples of Hospital Art Programs that Involve the Community:

Participatory Art Programs – like this fish mosaic at Children’s Hospital Central California and Nemours Children’s Hospital Orlando, Florida.

Rotating Galleries – like the one at TriPoint Medical Center.

NICU Portrait Galleries – such as this program at North Georgia Women and Children’s Hospital.

For more information, read this free Whitepaper on Engaging the Community.