The Artist’s Walkway at The Scarborough Hospital’s (TSH) General campus looks a little bit brighter this month with a fresh installation of children’s art generously donated by students from local schools in the Beach, East York, and Scarborough communities.
The series of pieces, ranging from paintings on canvass to hand drawn posters, were developed as a two-year multi-arts program funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation to encourage children and teens to be inspired and get involved in creating art in their local communities. The pieces were on display for all to enjoy at the Beach International Jazz Festival last month.
“Now that the festival is over,” says Joanna Katchutas, Curator of Exhibitions, Multi-Arts and Photography programing for the Jazz Festival, “the students are thrilled that they’re able to share their work with patients, visitors, and staff at The Scarborough Hospital. It goes a long way in fulfilling our mandate of creating and displaying art by the community for the community.”
The Artist’s Walkway at TSH was created as a labour of love by a former TSH staff member. The program has carried on as an ongoing “Hang Art, Lift Hearts” initiative managed by TSH’s Volunteer Services department.
“We are so thrilled to share the work by these young artists with the hospital’s patients, staff, and visitors,” said Florence Edebiri, Interim Manager, Volunteer Services at TSH. “Over the years, the ‘Hang Art, Lift Hearts’ initiative has included pieces of staff art, aboriginal art, quilt art, and now we’re excited to include this art from students as well.”
The art installation will remain in the Artists’ Walkway until September 15.