Hundreds of artists and thousands of hours have created the first ever art exhibit from the young patients and their families at M.D. Anderson Children’s Cancer Center Hospital Arts in Medicine Program. Their extensive work will be featured in the uplifting art exhibit, Voyage, at The Health Museum until September 2, 2013.
Three large scale art projects, which were created over the several last years, along with a photo series of patients working on additional art projects are part of the exhibit. The mural, which is part of the exhibit, is an original work designed by imaginative pediatric cancer patients specifically for The Health Museum.
Special features of the exhibit are:
• Voyage, a large-scale mural featuring wall-to-wall, digitally produced sail boats.
• Collidescapes, a cityscape of buildings and stories representing cultures from around the world.
• Tree of Life, a colorful, life-sized tree and garden created from cut-out leaves, decorated paper bark and intricate beading.
• Photo stories of patients working on various projects.
The art projects were produced through the Arts in Medicine Program at MD Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital and led by director Ian Cion.
The art sessions with patients are designed to foster creativity, distract them from their time in the hospital, set goals that parallel their treatment plans and also to encourage collaboration among patients on larger projects.
Jon Iszard, president and CEO of The Health Museum, said they couldn’t be more proud to showcase this work. “Our goal was to collaborate with our supporting institutions and showcase their accomplishments, history or artifacts at the museum. When we reached out to M.D. Anderson and the Arts In Medicine Program, we discovered an ideal partnership. It immediately blossomed into this exciting exhibit that will feature many talented young artists. The Voyage mural the kids created for the museum is amazing,” he said.
Cion said the creating this project was a great feat and excellent way to share with the community. "The partnership between the Arts in Medicine Program and The Health Museum has provided our patients in the M.D. Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital with tremendous motivation and excitement. Often the experience of being hospitalized is isolating, and the chance to not only make art, but to make art that will be seen on a grand scale and in a museum is thrilling for our patients and their families," he said.
Cion’s first Arts In Medicine art project at MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital, Collidescapes, was more than an art project with the hospital’s pediatric patients. A string of other large-scale projects evolved from that first collaboration, and now the Arts in Medicine Program is a year-round program at the hospital.
Admission to The Health Museum is $6 for children ages 3-11 and seniors 65 and over, and $8 for adults ages 12 - 64. All children ages 2 and under are free. Tickets are available at www.thehealthmuseum.org. Discounts can only be redeemed at the museum’s ticket desk. For group discount rates and school field trip information, call 713-521-1515, ext. 119.
This winter and spring, The Health Museum will be open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday, 12 - 5 p.m.
The Health Museum is a member institution of the world-renowned Texas Medical Center and is located in the heart of Houston’s Museum District at 1515 Hermann Drive. Museum features include The Amazing Body Pavilion, a Texas-sized tour through the human body,You: The Exhibit, an interactive look at the physical, psychological and future you, and the McGovern 4D Theater, Houston’s first 4D theater, where 3D films and environmental effects create a memorable experience.