• Art is Healing Program from West Hawaii Community Health Center

    December 20, 2021
    2021 Exhibition
    At West Hawaii Community Health Center, we believe strongly that art builds connections, uplifts our patients, increases respect, and enhances the healing environment.
    A noteworthy feature of Art is Healing that sets it apart from other exhibitions is that the local artwork that is purchased from the show is donated to the health center to become part of our growing permanent collection of art. In this way, our patients are treated to an exclusive and evolving collection of local artwork while they are on their healing journey.
    By donating a piece, you are both supporting a local artist, and sharing this artwork with patients in need for years to come. Your purchase is tax deductible, and artwork will be displayed with a koa plaque celebrating your donation. 
    The art is displayed throughout our health centers and greets patients of all walks of life who are here receiving care. By bringing the visual arts into the healing process, we hope that those who walk through our doors feel deeply respected, and experience a greater connection to one another and to our community.
    View the Online Exhibit HERE
    This year’s event is online-only while we work to provide a safe healing environment during the ongoing COVID-19 response.
    Our 2021 Jurors are Johanna Wiseman and Shirley Spencer, who welcomed artists to apply with the following statement:
    It is now a year and a half since everyone seemed to think that things would be back to “normal” in 6 months. We are each now in the process of adapting and reassessing in an effort to create our way forward. It is impossible to underestimate the importance of creativity during times like these. Not only does it open new doors to expression, but for the opportunity to share visions and ideas with community. Viewing art is nana ka maka, something you see with your eyes, but it is also something that you see with your heart. This ability to connect through visual expression enriches the artist and the observer, and creates bonds with people that may never have come together otherwise. This is how new friendships, love, and caring is nurtured. The ability to care for one another is the beauty of humanity, along with the ability to create, share, and appreciate. During our own personal re-evaluations, it is necessary to remember: Malama kekahi i kekahi (To care for one another).
    Questions? Reach out to Emily Crabill at ERCrabill@WestHawaiiCHC.org
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