The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital was chosen by the Kirkpatrick Family Fund to receive a grant to select artwork featured at the annual ArtNow exhibition. For the last five years, the Kirkpatrick Family Fund has partnered with ArtNow, Oklahoma Contemporary’s signature exhibition, to award a $10,000 grant to one health-related institution to purchase artwork by Oklahoma artists. The grant allowed the Hospital to select pieces of artwork to be placed in its new 100,000-square-foot Patient Bed Tower. These pieces will help create a healing environment for patients, families, and staff.
Lori Boyd, chief operating officer of The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital, was instrumental in selecting the artwork for the new tower and understands how powerful art can be. “Sharing this art with the patients and families we serve can help inspire them to reach their full potential. The Kirkpatrick Family Fund grant was a tremendous gift. Without philanthropic support from the community, purchasing original art from an Oklahoma artist is something we would not typically be able to do.”
The Kirkpatrick Family Fund has supported nonprofit organizations in the Oklahoma City area for 30 years and has contributed almost $80 million to support their needs. This grant is one of many they award, aimed at supporting the arts.
“The expansion of the hospital presented the opportunity to make a grant that would benefit The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital and also recognize the work of Oklahoma artists through Oklahoma Contemporary,” said Liz Eickman, director of the Kirkpatrick Family Fund.
“We have long recognized the benefits of the arts in health settings. It has great therapeutic value. The art selected through this project will brighten the walls of the hospital and will be enjoyed by the patients, their families and the dedicated staff.”
ArtNow is an annual exhibition of Oklahoma-based contemporary artists, bringing together local artists to display their pieces for the public. Proceeds from the exhibition help keep Oklahoma Contemporary exhibitions open and free of charge, year-round.
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