Mural Magic….an amazingly beautiful work in progress!!!
Being a part of the creation of a child-friendly space in a hospital is so incredibly rewarding – we love seeing the transformation of empty "sterile" walls into inviting and playful spaces which offer children (& their family) much needed diversion from their medical experiences (& if by making this space more child-friendly we can help children be more medically compliant & therefore get home a bit faster, even better!!!).
Our first 18 murals were funded by a Pepsi Refresh grant. Our newest murals will be funded by partnerships with universities and colleges, as well as through ongoing fundraising efforts, and through donations provided by generous community members! All of the time and talent to create these amazing works of art are donated by students, either Art majors or involved in their Art program! Click to see the magic our students have created so far!!! 2013 2012 2011
Our fourth room at Ventura Community Memorial Hospital is now complete! The request was for a Jungle themed design to compliment the art already in the room, but to make it more child-friendly for their pediatric patients to focus on during their hospital stay…..our CSUCI Capstone Team has done an amazing job – and our first teen patient to see the room asked if he could move into the room – he said it was "cool" and that he absolutely loved it! Huge "thank you's" to the entire amazing team!
Our first mural in San Luis Obispo is underway….in Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center's Emergency Room! The request was for something that featured nature, but also included elements that would appeal to both boys and girls! Kelsey (CalPoly art major who actually graduated this Fall, but is coming back to complete her design) is doing an amazing job creating this incredible design with bugs and fairies, and we can't wait to see it complete!!! That said, the room is already in use (painting just one day per week) – and the feedback from families and staff is incredible – this design is already giving families something positive to focus on during what can be a very scary time!
Our third room at Ventura's County Medical Center is now complete! The request was for a jungle themed design to compliment the art already in the room, but to make it more child-friendly for their pediatric patients! Lynne, Manuel and Dain have done an incredible job – and the feedback from families already enjoying their design makes it all worthwhile! Huge "thank you's" to the entire amazing team….
Our first mural in Riverside is officially complete in the Pediatric Treatment Room at Riverside County Regional Medical Center! We love that little ones will have these amazing images to focus on during medical procedures – what amazing gift from Ronald, an incredibly talented graduating art student from UC Riverside!
Our newest mural in Ventura is now complete! We've got an incredibly talented team of graduating art students from CSUCI creating mural magic in Ventura County Medical Center's Pediatric Procedure Room, helping to make undergoing a medical procedure a bit easier on their youngest patients! We can't wait to see the look on the faces of our young patients who get to focus on this incredible design instead of their medical procedure they're going through – this truly is an amazing gift! And thank you to Ranelle, Yvette, Katherine, Nicole, Kagney & Bre – this wouldn't be possible with you!!!
Loma Linda University Children's Hospital's Specialty Team Center received a Starlight Children's Foundation space funded by Stater Bros, but they thought it still needed a little something! We were asked to bring in the most talented art students from UC Riverside to create an original mural – it's now complete, and completely amazing (we've posted the "before" and "after" photos of our 3 walls)!!!! Thank you Winnie, Kazuko and Kayla for creating this amazing design, and for bringing an obviously talented team with you for this project!!!
We've had a wonderful, relaxing break since November, but with school back in session and the return of our amazingly talented artists, we're back to work making hospitals less scary for kids!
- This week we started the first of two murals in Santa Barbara county – our second will be starting next week – and we have eight of the most talented UCSB art majors working on making the new pediatric Playroom and Treatment Room absolutely incredible for our visiting pediatric patients! We'll have photos up soon…..the designs are incredible, and we just can't wait to share!!!
- We also are finalizing design plans for our first San Luis Obispo county mural with our first CalPoly team of art students….we're on our way to making another Emergency Room less scary for our pediatric visitors, and can't wait to share more details and photos once they're ready!
- Plus….awaiting the return of CSUCI art students for their Spring semester….can't wait to see what amazing work they'll be bringing to our Ventura hospitals! 2012 is off to an INCREDIBLE start!!!!
It's an incredibly busy weekend for our UCSB Art Students and Lompoc Valley Medical Center – we're beginning/completing our first mural to make their Pediatric Emergency Room care less scary for kids!
….and of course, none of this would be possible without the amazing talent of our UCSB Art Students – Tim, Grace & Victoria!
Both of our Infant-Toddler in-patient rooms (Ventura County Medical Center) are now complete, and our youngest patients have these incredible images to keep them smiling while in their room, along with an amazing playroom to enjoy and "escape" their fears and anxieties that often come with being in the hospital. We can't wait for our newest team(s) to join us next semester from CSUCI to work their magic on patient rooms in Pediatrics, Pediatric Intensive Care and Neonatal Intensive Care!!!!
Just a few final pieces to be painted and our Jungle Room will be ready for its first pediatric patients to enjoy…..and our Nursery Rhyme will start "coming to life" just as soon as these finishing touches are complete! This is just amazing – we're so grateful for the amazing talent we've had donated from our CSUCI Art Students – with this as a sample of what they can do, they've obviously got incredible careers ahead of them!
Our goal is to create a Child-Friendly feel to hospitals providing services to Pediatric Patients – as both in-patients and outpatients (Emergency Room / Same Day Surgery)! Our first collaboration with CSUCI Art Majors as their Capstone Project is complete – and the Playroom at Ventura County Medical Center is absolutely amazing!!!
….and of course, our amazingly talented artists from CSUCI – Kelly, Laurel, Xiomara, Angela, Rosa and Cameo – we just can't thank you all enough!!!! Even during the scariest of times (and being in the hospital can certainly be scary for children and their families), how can anyone not be HAPPY playing in this room – what an amazing escape!!!