Children’s Hospital art project has a much richer story to tell
The News’ recent story about the art gallery project at the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital was very inspiring, but it deserves clarification.
The original art committee at Women and Children’s Hospital was formed in October 2003 by then President Cheryl Klass and myself with the mission of developing a high-quality collection of children’s art for display at the hospital. Through the assistance of the Burchfield Penney Art Center and the Roswell Park Cancer Institute art committee, a methodology for the collection was created that included among other things the acquisition and storage of the art.
Through the years, hundreds of student artists with the guidance of art teachers from school districts across Western New York have created and donated their works of art to the hospital as part of the Gallery of Giving campaign under the auspices of the art committee. Furthermore, the Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society and the Buffalo Fine Arts Guild adopted the Labor and Delivery and Mother Baby units and have donated art valued at thousands of dollars.
It would be a shame if these works of art are not being considered by the new committee that has been formed to determine what works will be on display in the new hospital. Regardless, it’s heartening that the legacy of the arts initiative born at Women and Children’s Hospital in 2003 will carry on.