The Thea Foundation and Arkansas Children’s Hospital will present works of art by its patients and artists-in-residence through Friday, culminating with an art sale of works by ACH patients in conjunction with the Argenta ArtWalk set for that day from 5-8 p.m.
The Artist-in-Residency Program, made possible through a grant from the Arkansas Arts Council, brings art
participation to the patient’s bedside, allowing the patient an outlet for expression and creativity. While
expanding the patient and family’s view of their hospitalization, the artists’ physical presence allows the family member or care giver to become involved in the process. Art is another way for patients to express themselves and gain some control over their environment, decreasing their fear and anxiety of being in a hospital.
Over the course of the residency, artists Hamid Ebrahimifar and Elizabeth Weber develop and implement several educational projects as individual and group needs are assessed. The projects directly support, not only the content standards within the Arkansas Fine Arts Frameworks, but also address key areas within the Language Arts, Mathematics and Social Science Frameworks across all grade levels.