Enjoy the latest round of Community Murals in our partnership with NYC Health + Hospitals!
DateNovember 23, 2020
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.
In 2019, nine artists led the process to develop murals in seven New York City Health + Hospitals facilities. In 2020, the project expanded to reach every hospital and long-term care facility in the H+H system, making it the country’s largest public hospital murals project since the WPA.
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
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