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December 2012
Healthcare Art Report

Cairns We all realize the importance of spending time in the great outdoors, soaking up the sights and sounds of Mother Nature, yet it's difficult to make time for it. Once a year, I make it a priority to explore, marvel, photograph and appreciate the art that exists in nature.


This year, I had the privilege of visiting Utah's Zion National Park, where I wandered through the trails and stumbled upon a stack of stones known as cairns. Not only did the stones take my breath away, but they also sparked a conversation about the beauty of shifting perspectives.


When you leave the stale air and manufactured sounds of an indoor office to spend some time in nature, you can't help but gain a new perspective. And when you view a work of art - such as a stack of stones along a dirt path in the woods - you approach it from your own unique perspective. Yet, as you circle the object, you gain another perspective - a new vantage point. And each person who views a piece of artwork along a hospital corridor has a unique perspective - and a distinct set of opinions, beliefs and feelings. All of these factors contribute to how art (and the environment) is experienced.


I am truly encouraged to see how healthcare art programs across the country are addressing this very concept of diverse and shifting perspectives. Some of the most dynamic art programs we've been involved in this year have included multiple elements and interactive opportunities designed to involve and appeal to the many different perspectives of patients, visitors, staff and community members. As a healthcare art consultant, I am excited about the endless possibilities that exist in creating programs that consider multiple viewpoints and I look forward to learning about each client's unique perspective.








Barbara Harriman, IIDA  

President/Creative Director
Distinctive Art Source

Nemours Creates Community Partnerships Through Art Program 

Nemours Children's Hospital Orlando is building relationships with innovative and cost-effective art programs that benefit patients, families, visitors and the local art community. Through the scope of our work with Nemours, Distinctive Art Source enjoyed the opportunity to conceptualize and coordinate several museum partnerships that will continue to foster mutually-beneficial relationships between the hospital and the community for years to come. Currently Nemours is partnering with: Orlando Museum of Art, Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens and Mennello Museum of American Art.


Click here to learn how museum partnerships helped Nemours develop multiple community ties in Orlando.  


The Art of the Nurse


Meet Dr. Anita Bamford-Wade, joint head of nursing at AUT University in New Zealand. Discouraged by bare walls along a one-mile corridor that served as a hospital entrance, Dr. Bamford-Wade took on a mission to introduce artwork and give Wellington Hospital some "ambiance." The result was far more impactful than she anticipated - with the creation of an exhibit that chronicles the nursing practice, tells the stories of hospital workers and fosters long-lasting community relationships. Dr. Bamford-Wade's story is an example of how shared resources and innovative thinking can lead to enhanced environments and improved morale. Click here to read Dr. Bamford-Wade's story.

Sentara Princess Anne NICU Portrait Gallery Offers Hope and Encouragement


NICU video Take a look at this short video in which Nikki Lowery, Clinical Nurse Manager, Sentara Princess Anne Hospital, describes the hope and encouragement offered by the Portrait Gallery in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.  


Click here to watch.  



Kudos to HCD's Remodel/Renovation Winners

The 2012 Healthcare Design Remodel/Renovation Competition winners have been announced! Congratulations to the following hospitals for their Best in Category Awards:


TMC For Children: Pediatric Environments

Northwestern Memorial Hospital - Galter Inpatient Bed Floor Conversion: Facility Art Programs


DAS was honored to serve on the jury for this competition and discover some of the innovative and creative approaches in pediatric environments and facility art programs.

Thanks for Your Support of Habitat for Humanity

Distinctive Art Source is a proud supporter of Habitat for Humanity both nationally and locally.  Part of our mission as healthcare art consultants is to support the communities we serve through the development of long-term relationships between our healthcare clients, local artists and community organizations.


Thanks to everyone who stopped by the DAS booth at Healthcare Design 2012 and picked up a Habitat for Humanity pin, showing your support for our partnership with this worthwhile charity. And thanks to our 2012 clients who have invited us into their communities for which we have said thank you by donating to their local habitat for Humanity locations including: Orlando, FL; Northern Virginia; Washington, DC; Albuquerque, NM; and Winchester, VA.


To find out how you can support your local chapter of Habitat for Humanity, click here.

About Distinctive Art Source
Distinctive Art Source is one of only two premiere healthcare art consultancies working exclusively in healthcare in the U.S. We believe that thoughtfully developed art programs contribute to a positive patient experience. Our work goes beyond evidence-based design and patient-centered care. We help clients create customized art programs that tell the story of the community, reflect the unique facility goals, foster mutually-beneficial relationships and support a cohesive visual experience.

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.
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Phone: (703) 956-1946

7900 Sudley Road
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Manassas Va 20109-2806

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