Watch a 5-borough virtual tour of the Community Murals Project hosted by Untapped New York

On January 12th, Untapped New York’s Insiders program featured a virtual tour of the New York City Health + Hospitals Community Mural Project and an interview with Linh Dang, H+H’s Senior Director of Arts in Medicine, and Rick Luftglass of the Illumination Fund.  Hosted by Justin Rivers, the segment included an inside look at H+H’s art collection, a New York jewel that includes more than 5,000 works located throughout the City’s public hospital system.

Untapped New York is a web magazine and tour company that uncovers the City’s secrets and hidden places. Untapped New York’s Insiders program is a members-only club that offers virtual tours and talks, access to the City’s off-limits places, discounts to in-person tours, and other special opportunities. The folks at Untapped New York suggest you think of the Insiders membership as “your passport to NYC’s secrets!”

In addition to the online event, Untapped New York published a special article on the Keith Haring mural at Woodhull Hospital and an overview of the Community Murals Project.

You can watch this unique online event here for free:

Untapped New York Insiders: Art in NYC Hospitals with the Community Murals Project


About the segment

Discover the uplifting and creative history of The Community Murals Project, an initiative that uses art to help relieve the stress of healthcare workers, build morale, and encourage engagement with patients and the community at large. Funded by the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund and executed by NYC Health and Hospital’s Arts in Medicine program, The Community Murals Project is rooted in a mural tradition that stretches back to the 1930s, when the depression-era Works Progress Administration supported the creation of hundreds of murals across New York City’s public hospitals. That tradition continued throughout the 20th-century with big-name artists like Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf adding their mark to the city’s public health system.

In 2019, The Community Mural Project reinvigorated the tradition by adding seven new murals to public hospitals across New York City. In 2020, the Mural Project was more important than ever in helping to combat hospital staff burnout and “caregiver fatigue.” Over the past three months, ten new murals were unveiled.

In this discussion and presentation led by Linh Dang, Senior Director of H+H’s Arts in Medicine, and Rick Luftglass, Executive Director of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, Insiders will trace the evolution of The Community Murals Project from its depression-era predecessor to its plans for 2021. Insiders will also get a behind-the-scenes look at how healthcare staff, community members, and artists work together to create beautiful works of art in a new video yet to be released. In a visual presentation, Insiders will take a deep dive into the history of various Community Mural Project sites including, NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens, where a new 2020 mural joins a WPA mural from 1938, NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull, where you can find both Keith Haring’s lobby mural and a new work by Imani Shanklin Roberts, and more!

Nicole Saraniero