Doors become canvasses in the Campbell River Hospital as part of the Art-in-the-Hospital initiative’s Art Path.

Follow the Art Path Sunday

A unique initiative to brighten the lives of hospital patients

A unique initiative to brighten the lives of hospital patients while showcasing the work of local artists makes its public debut this weekend when Campbell River Arts Council hosts a community reception to launch its Art-in-the-Hospital Initiative.

The reception is scheduled for 1-3 p.m. Sunday in the hospital’s cafeteria, from which volunteers will be available to walk with small groups so the public can admire the art. Light refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome.

An ‘Art Path’ has been created, through funding by the Hospital Auxiliary, produced in partnership with local groups including Ripple Rock Elementary, Carihi, Head Injury Society, Family Services, Kwanwatsi Preschool Program, hospital staff and volunteers. Each group has created a ‘station’ within the hospital along the Art Path. The Initiative’s aim is to have the work changing every six months. Alongside these community groups are also works from local artists Curtis Wilson and Jill Paris Rody.

The project has been in the works for the last year, and was created with patients, staff and visitors in mind.

A small but committed group representing hospital staff, the Campbell River Arts Council and a number of community volunteers have been bringing together artists, the hospital administration, and key members of the hospital staff to facilitate the introduction of more visual art into the hospital.

Many patients now in our hospital are coping with chronic illnesses, some requiring frequent and/or prolonged hospital admissions. These patients, and their caregivers, need courage and support as they await recovery or learn to adapt to new health challenges. The intent of this Initiative is to offer a practical means to help with these journeys.

Island Health would like to remind all that usual infectious disease precautions will be in place on March 8. Specifically this means that visitors will need to wear a facemask if they have not received the influenza vaccine and are advised not to attend at all if they are ill with an infectious disease.

For more information please contact the Arts Council at 923-0213 or email arts.council@crarts.ca. Financial donations are welcome and can be made through the website www.crarts.ca.