Patients to Participate in Spring 'PaintFest' to Create Artwork for UMC and Arizona Cancer Center

<p>Patients to Participate in Spring 'PaintFest' to Create Artwork for UMC and Arizona Cancer Center</p>

Patients to Participate in Spring 'PaintFest' to Create Artwork for UMC and Arizona Cancer Center

Children and adults with cancer will have a chance to create soothing and beautiful works of art this April for the University Medical Center oncology units and for the Arizona Cancer Cancer, thanks to generous gifts from Amgen and The Bank of America.
With these donations, UMC and ACC will join 600 hospitals worldwide in the Foundation for Hospital Art project (www.hospitalart.org). The non-profit project, which started in 1984, encourages patients and volunteers to paint colorful, pre-drawn, color-coded murals and ceiling tiles in all-day "PaintFests." The artwork then is assembled by the Foundation for Hospital Art and mounted in hallways and clinics to soften the hospital environment.

On April 8-9, UMC and the ACC will host a PaintFest in the Cancer Center's Kiewit Auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Ave. Special invitations will be sent to cancer patients to participate. No special artistic talent is required.

"I worked at a Texas hospital that participated in the Foundation for Hospital Art, and it was a joy for patients to return and see the artwork they'd created while they were undergoing treatment," said Jennifer Christian, UMC Manager of Blood and Marrow Transplantation. "Art therapy is good for patients and this is a wonderful way to involve patients, families and the larger community in making the hospital a more beautiful place for healing."

UMC was rated among the top 50 hospitals in the nation for the treatment of cancer in the 2002 "Best Hospitals" edition of U.S. News and World Report. The Arizona Cancer Center is a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. Both UMC and the Arizona Cancer Center are part of the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center (AHSC).


Photo opportunity: Media are invited to attend a check presentation at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18 on the patio outside Kiewit Auditorium. Jan Hearn and Brad Kaufmann of the pharmaceutical company Amgen and Karen Burns of the Bank of America will present checks to the UMC Foundation in support of the art project.