UMC Hosts 'PaintFest' for Cancer Patients, May 13-14

<p>UMC Hosts 'PaintFest' for Cancer Patients, May 13-14</p>

UMC Hosts 'PaintFest' for Cancer Patients, May 13-14

Nearly 2,000 current and former UMC cancer patients have been invited to lend their artistic talents May 13 and 14 to create colorful murals that will brighten the hallways of University Medical Center and the Arizona Cancer Center.
The two-day "PaintFest" is a project of the Foundation for Hospital Art (, a non-profit organization started in 1984 to encourage patients and volunteers to create beautiful works of art. UMC joins 600 hospitals worldwide participating in the Foundation for Hospital Art therapy project.

UMC outpatient cancer patients are invited to drop by the PaintFest anytime between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. May 14 on the Arizona Cancer Center's north patio. Paint, paintbrushes, painting smocks and free parking in the hospital's visitor parking garage will be provided. Participants will decorate 300 ceiling tiles and eight canvas murals that will then be assembled and mounted in hallways and clinics.

No special artistic skill is required because the artwork is pre-drawn and color coded, said Wendy Andrews, UMC Director of Oncology Services. "We hope this will be a fun and relaxing experience for everyone and a chance to let each patient leave a permanent, pleasant reminder of the many hours they've spent here. It's a wonderful way to involve patients, their families and our staff in making the hospital a more beautiful place for healing."

Cancer patients currently hospitalized also will get to participate in the PaintFest. On May 13, volunteers will bring PaintFest materials to each patient, including children in UMC's Bone Marrow Transplant Program.

The PaintFest is made possible by generous donations from Amgen Pharmaceuticals and The Bank of America. OASIS is donating drinking water for the outdoor PaintFest on May 14.

Media please note: Reporters and photographers are invited to participate in the May 14 PaintFest.