With more than 100 attendees, Providence Holy Cross and SCV Arts successfully launched the Art of Healing, community art program at a private reception on Thursday at the Providence Holy Cross Health Center in Valencia.
The Art of Healing is a two-tiered community art program designed to promote the talents of local artists and elementary school children from the Santa Clarita Valley, while providing a healing environment to patients at Providence Holy Cross Health Center in Santa Clarita and Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills. The project, a joint collaboration between Providence Holy Cross and SCV Arts, is sponsored by KHTS Am-1220 and Mercedes Benz of Santa Clarita.
The private reception introduced the program to community leaders, local businesses, schools and community groups. Attendees included Santa Clarita City Councilman Robert Kellar; Jeri Seratti-Goldman, KHT-AM 1220; Gloria Locke, SCV-Arts; Linda Lamborne, representing Congressman McKeon; Judy Umeck, Saugus Union School District; Mark Winger, Newhall School District; Joan Lucid, Saugus Union School District; Bruce and Gloria Fortine, College of the Canyons Board of Trustees and Hart School District Governing Board Member; and many others.
"Thank you for your time, your commitment to our community and to those poor, sick, and vulnerable who will now have beautiful local art as well as technology and compassionate hands to help them heal," said Kerry Carmody, Administrator for Providence Holy Cross Medical Center. Approximately 60 pieces of art were unveiled throughout the Providence Holy Cross Health Center – many donated by artist local to Santa Clarita. Artists include Morgan Weistling, Nancy Eckels, Kathy Kumme, Jordan and Janet Recchia, Matthew Stephens, Laura Wambsgans and Randy and Leslie Wuerfel. The program is intended to give local artists and children the opportunity to display their talents and hopefully put a smile on the face of those receiving treatment at Providence Holy Cross. The program will allow art, created by both adults and children, to be rotated through the Providence Holy Cross Health Center. Each quarter, a different Santa Clarita school district will be featured in the program. The children’s portion of the program launches in September with Sulphur Springs School District as the first to submit. The others will follow each quarter.
This on-going program will rotate the art on a quarterly basis to provide a diverse representation of the many talented artists in the Santa Clarita Valley. It will enhance arts for Santa Clarita youth and local artists and more importantly, the displayed art will help the healing process for thousands of Providence Holy Cross visitors.