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Patient Art Exhibition at The Museum Of Contemporary Art Jacksonville on Sept. 11
Art with a Heart in Healthcare, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization entirely dedicated to healing and the arts, continues its 12-year partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville (MOCA) for an annual patient art exhibition.
By: Art with a Heart in Healthcare
Each work of art features hot air balloons which symbolize rising above tough situations and elevating one's mood and mindset. The project spotlights each patient's individuality and unique artistic styles while promoting a sense of well-being, self-worth, and healing during their hospital experience.
An opening reception will be held on Sunday, September 11 at MOCA from 2 pm until 4 pm, 333 North Laura Street in Jacksonville. The event is open to the public and free of charge for guests to view the artwork in person with AWAHIH Artists-in-Residence and patient artists. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit Art with a Heart in Healthcare on Facebook and Instagram. Visit the website at www.awahih.org.
Since AWAHIH's founding in 2001, the organization has served more than 100,000 patients and their families in several locations in Jacksonville, Florida including Wolfson Children's Hospital, Nemours Children's Health, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center at St. Vincent's Riverside, Baptist Medical Center, and Mayo Clinic San Pablo. The talented team of staff artists, community volunteers, and interns from the University of North Florida provide individualized fine art sessions to meet the needs of patients at their bedsides or in groups. According to Christy Ponder, AWAHIH's Executive Director and Artist-in-Residence, creativity is always open to everyone, and in the hospital setting it can serve as a calm island in the center of a stormy sea. "Artistic expression promotes physical and emotional wellness, which leads to improved patient outcomes. The physicians, patients, and families who work with AWAHIH report the nonprofit's services help relieve stress and pain while empowering patients during sometimes powerless situations,"