On February 23rd I helped install my first mural at Brookdale University Hospital in Brooklyn, NY. Being there in person and seeing, first hand the change in the environment a mural can make really impacted me...
As an artist for Splashes, intellectually, I knew I was doing a good thing painting inspiring and fun scenes to lift the spirits of those who are in difficult situations, but being there in person to see how the Splashes transform a physical space put me in awe and made me feel so much more humble and grateful to be able to contribute.
After the installation, we took a tour of other beautiful and uplifting Splashes covering the Pediatrics hallways and rooms. It made me think - although all the positive feedback of my work makes me feel good, it doesn’t compare to how I feel knowing that the work that the Splashes Team collectively does will keep on giving.
February 23rd was also my late husband’s birthday. Four years ago this month, he was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer and passed away 6 weeks later. I remember many doctor and hospital visits. Art on the walls offered a chance to transport away from the current location and situation, if only for a little while. My husband was my biggest cheerleader (and critic), and he'd be happy to know what I’m doing with my artwork.
Below is the Splash Team (starting from the right), Angelica, the Child Life Director from Brookdale Hospital; Sandy (the author) and a Splashes of Hope artist; Liz Splashes of Hope Volunteer Manager; Larissa , the Child Life Director from Brookdale Hospital for over eight years, and Sarah, Splashes of Hope Executive Director
Splashes of Hope
Founded in 1996, Splashes of Hope is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to creating art to transform spaces, enrich environments and facilitate healing.