Left to right: Acting Hospital Site Director Sheri Drover

Hospital partners with Arts Council

Initiative to incorporate local art into the healing process gets backing

The Hospital Auxiliary is supporting a local initiative that will work to have art become an integral part of the Campbell River Hospital.

“The idea is to have local art become part of the healing process,” according to Ken Blackburn, Executive Director of the Campbell River Arts Council. “We aim to have staff, visitors and patients all sense that they are part of the larger community when working in, visiting or recovering within the hospital. The therapeutic value of art is quickly gaining recognition around the world,” he noted.

“We can’t thank the Auxiliary enough for this support. It takes each of us, working within our individual capacities, to contribute to the complex healing process undertaken within our local hospital,” Blackburn said. “Our role, through this art project, will be to create an environment that reflects the care and compassion of our community.”

Local groups will be providing art and design motifs.

To begin, partners in the Art in the Hospital Initiative will be Campbell River Family Services, the Head Injury Support Group, Carihi, the Art Gallery, local elementary schools and hospital staff.

A launch is planned for early January.

For more information please contact the Arts Council at arts.council@crarts.ca or call 250-923-0213.