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August  2010 
Healthcare Art Report

capitolHello, from Virginia! DAS is settled in our new offices in Centreville, VA, just outside Washington, DC! This move has been in the works for several years and we are thrilled to be here. On a personal note, I am glad to close a chapter in my life that required living in two places, and to open a chapter that brings my family together under the same roof.

As for the office, I think we've got everything in its place with one exception--believe it or not--we still need to hang the artwork! I guess that's something like the adage about the cobbler's children having no shoes.
Many thanks to those of you who helped in various ways during our move and for your patience during the transition.  I am very excited to be located near three major airports to allow us easy access to our clients across the country. In addition, I've recently discovered the convenience of traveling via train from Union Station!           
If you have not already done so, please update our contact information:

Distinctive Art Source
14382 Gulliver Road
Centreville, VA 20120
phone: (703) 956-1946
fax: (703) 991-8338

You can also reach me on my mobile number, which has not changed: 
(832) 563-5066.

I look forward to serving you from our new Virginia headquarters!
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Barbara Harriman, IIDA
President/Creative Director
Distinctive Art Source

LCDThe Digital Art Advantage

Take a look at your computer monitor or flat screen TV. You may see only an opportunity for entertainment, education or communication. At Distinctive Art Source, we see something else - we recognize the potential for creating a dynamic art program that is cost-effective, engaging and evidence-based!

DAS is working with clients across the country to create art programs that incorporate the latest digital technology - without breaking the budget. Here are some interesting concepts to consider when exploring digital art programs:

Digital screens as rotating art galleries. Use monitors in public waiting areas and gathering spaces to display artwork created by patients, employees and community members. There are vendors who specialize in making these systems easy and cost-effective for hospitals to operate.

Electronic donor recognition. Digital technology provides an opportunity to recognize donors in an artful way that is more engaging than the traditional bronze plaque. This method also allows for flexibility in updating and modifying the recognition.

Personalized art experience. Hospitals can incorporate art in patient-room television channels and provide several different options. This offers patients the ability to choose artwork themselves and create a more personalized environment. Some programs even allow for patients to bring their own images on a flash drive for viewing from the bedside.

E-greetings. Original art can be easily transformed into an electronic greeting card, allowing patients to send or receive artful messages.

Art that connects. Social media platforms provide the infrastructure to engage families and friends in the daily life of a loved one who is hospitalized. To encourage interaction outside the hospital walls, hospital art programs can use social media to share images and generate discussion. Many children's hospitals also use social media to reach out to the community with art contests and other events.

How are you using digital technology and art to enhance healing environments? We would love to hear from you!

Master Planning for Your Art Program: Free Whitepaper

Appropriately selected and placed art work can help enhance healing environments by offering positive distractions that research has shown to help reduce stress, the need for pain medication and length of stay. But there are critical success factors to consider when choosing and installing artwork to achieve these outcomes. By focusing on image content, placement and size, you can use artwork to help create a healing environment in your facility.

Click here to read our free whitepaper to learn more about the "Three Critical Success Factors in Planning Healthcare Art Programs."

Distinctive Art Source can help you plan ahead with art options and accurate budgets during your master-planning phase. Ask about our complimentary budget consultation to define and identify signature art costs as well as overall project art quantities and costs.

Call for Photographers

Color the Skies
Participate in Color the Skies Workshops

Color the Skies Balloon Festival and Distinctive Art Source seek photo enthusiasts to participate in an Amazing Photography Adventure September 4-5, 2010 in Modesto, CA! We invite you to capture the beauty and wonder of Color the Skies Balloon Festival through photographic images.

Some of the images from the workshop will be used in the Paramount Farms Plaza, which will open at Children's Hospital Central California next year. Participants will also have the option to attend a bonus workshop with Canon Elite photographer Adam Jones and National Geographic Adventure Photographer Colby Brown.

Click here to register today and participate in the Color the Skies Amazing Photography Adventure!

Kudos to Sentara Healthcare and Nemours

Two Distinctive Art Source clients have been named as finalists for the prestigious 2010 HIMSS Davies Organizational Award of Excellence, recognizing their use of electronic health records. The team at DAS congratulates Sentara Healthcare in Norfolk, VA, and Nemours in Jacksonville, FL, on this outstanding achievement!

Both systems have also been recognized by U.S. News & World Report. Nemours has been named among the best in pediatric specialty rankings as part of the 2010 edition of "America's Best Children's Hospitals." Sentara was named among the Best Hospitals for Heart and Heart Surgery.
DAS Congratulates 100 Top Hospitals!

Northeast Georgia Medical Center, a DAS client, has been named among the 100 Top Hospitals in the country by Thomson Reuters! The Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals: National Benchmarks is an annual, quantitative study that identifies the best hospitals, overall, as measured on the 100 Top Hospitals Balanced Scorecard. Hospitals are evaluated against similar hospitals, in terms of size and teaching status.
Coming in the Next Issue:

Measuring the success of your art program. 
In This Issue
Digital Art Advantage
Free White Paper: Master Planning
Call for Photography
Sentara and Nemours Honors
Kudos Northeast Georgia Medical Center
Coming in the Next Issue: Digital Art Advantage
Art and Artists of Note
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Art and Artists of Note

Visit these artists and explore their unique nature inspired creations.
Children's Rainforest Art Project
Nature-based, educational program for children

 Joseph Bellacera
Mixed media artist

  Eileen Downs
Torn paper collage

Support the Arts in Healthcare!
Art has the power to transform the hospital experience! Vote for the Society for Arts in Healthcare to receive a Pepsi Refresh grant and bring the healing arts to hospitals everywhere! 
  TriPoint Medical Center in the News!
Nature's Calming Influence
Health Facilities Management Magazine

Local Talent Creates Exceptional Art Program at TriPoint Medical Center

Facility Care Magazine
Need Funding?

Check out these resources for possible funding opportunities for your healthcare art program.

The HEAL Foundation supports new and innovative programs and/or research opportunities that will benefit individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The Foundation values community-based collaborations, inclusive programming, or projects that incorporate parents, teachers, adults, and children as advisers, supporters, or volunteers.

Freedom to Create provides grants to projects that use the arts to create transformational change in developing countries.

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Email Barbara Harriman
Phone: (703) 956-1946

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 Distinctive Art Source

Distinctive Art Source is a turnkey art consulting firm working exclusively in healthcare. We guide clients through the process of creating customized patient and evidence-based art programs centered on research, owner, architect and designer input.

Our goals are twofold: to introduce unexpected art options and to involve local artists whenever possible. Distinctive Art Source's architectural background allows us to blend seamlessly into the design process, providing facilities with necessary timelines and budgets to keep projects on schedule and within budget.

Established in 2003, Distinctive Art Source has served a pivotal role in creating patient-based art programs in millions of square feet of hospital space. Distinctive Art Source connects clients with hundreds of artists throughout the country to enable hospitals to conceptualize, visualize and realize the goals of their art programs.

Distinctive Art Source
14382 Gulliver Road
Centreville, VA 20120

(703) 956-1946