Ten new Community Murals at NYC Health + Hospitals!

The Community Murals Project is a flagship of the public hospital system’s Arts in Medicine program, which seeks to foster the emotional well-being, promote healing, wellness, and engagement of patients, families, employees, and the greater health system’s community by integrating all disciplines of the arts such as literary, visual and performing arts throughout the public hospital system.

The murals project is designed to encourage creativity, lower stress, build trust and increase engagement between hospitals and members of their surrounding communities. The murals also create spaces for joy as well as healing for patients and frontline medical workers who have been under enormous stress during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The artists, who were selected from among hundreds of applicants, developed the concepts for each of the murals through virtual focus groups with staff, as well as patients and community members, and then brought to life in designated paint sessions.

The Community Mural Project builds upon a mural tradition that started in the 1930s when the depression-era Works Progress Administration (WPA) supported the creation of hundreds of murals across New York City’s public hospitals, and that continued decades later with murals by world-famous artists such as Romare Bearden, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf.   The Community Murals Project is the country’s largest public hospital murals project since the WPA.

The three-year project launched in 2019, and led to 25 facility murals, including all eleven of the system’s hospitals, all five rehab and long-term care facilities, and nine neighborhood clinics that are a part of H+H’s Gotham Health community health center network. In addition, to cap the project, a mural was developed at the health system’s new headquarters at 50 Water Street in Manhattan.

2021

NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem: Angel Garcia
NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Morrisania: Vanesa Alvarez
NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, East New York: Natasha Platt
NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Cumberland: Jessie Novik
NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Sydenham: Daryl Myntia Daniels
NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Belvis: Renzo Ortega
NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, St. Nicholas: Ibtisam Tasnim
NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Vanderbilt: Cara Lynch
NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Dyckman: Viktoriya Basina
NYC Health + Hospitals/50 Water Street: Tova Snyder

2020

NYC Health + Hospitals/Gouverneur: Ellie Balk
NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Judson: Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya
NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi: Andrei Krautsou + Yuliya Puhach
NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull: Imani Shanklin Roberts
NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens: Dannielle Tegeder
NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst (in process): Fernando Lechon
NYC Health + Hospitals/Coler (in process): Frank Parga
NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln (in process): Arantxa Rodriguez
NYC Health + Hospitals/Sea View: Yana Dimitrova

2019

NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island: Kelie Bowman
NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue: Patricia Cazorla & Nancy Saleme
NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County: Oscar Lett
NYC Health + Hospitals/McKinney: Peach Tao
NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan: Pricilla de Carvalho
NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx: Carla Torres
NYC Health + Hospitals/Carter: Sophia Chizuco

Murals by Angel Garcia, Vanesa Alvarez, Natasha Platt, Jessie Novik, Daryl Myntia Daniels, Renzo Ortega, Ibtisam Tasnim, Cara Lynch, Viktoriya Basina, Tova Snyder