Hello, 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.
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:
I look forward to serving you from our new Virginia headquarters!
Barbara Harriman, IIDA
Distinctive Art Source
|The 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
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
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
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
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!
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.
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!
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
Art and Artists of Note
Visit these artists and explore their unique nature inspired creations.
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!
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
Freedom to Create provides grants to projects that use the arts to create
transformational change in developing countries.
Stay in Touch!
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.