Eye-catching, imaginative art created by Team SISD students in grades Pre-K through 12 is on display in the Art for Your Health exhibit at The Hospitals of Providence East.
The 100-piece display, held in the hospital’s Founders Hall, is a collaborative between SISD and the hospital. The artwork was selected from SISD’s annual spring show, a 2,000-piece contest. It features drawings, mixed media, photography, printmaking, design, painting and computer art.
The exhibit opened recently with an evening reception that featured the art students and entertainment by El Dorado High School mariachis, Americas High School orchestra, and Socorro High School choir. Hospital and district leaders attended the event.
“This is our seventh year doing the show,” said SISD’s Fine Arts Director Donald Rominsky. “It’s one of my favorites. It looks at the world through a child’s eyes. Whether it’s a painting of their pet dog or flowers, it’s what is important to that child.”
Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services Marivel Macias said the exhibit’s opening reception is a great way to bring different entities together to honor SISD students and their accomplishments.
“This is a wonderful event that showcases students’ talents in art, music and singing,” Macias said. “It’s a great collaborative.”
Macka L. Jones, the district’s visual arts specialist, thinks displaying artwork in a non-district venue is good for students and the community.
“It’s an opportunity for the community to see some of the wonderful artwork the kids in our district have done,” Jones said. “This venue also allows our students the chance to exhibit their work to a larger audience. This show gives people, who may be down, a moment in time to just relax, enjoy something beautiful and smile.”
Art for Your Health brings a huge smile to the Romero family. One of the pieces, a colorful owl, belongs to 13-year-old Leilani Romero. The Col. John O. Ensor Middle School student is autistic. Art is the way she communicates with the world.
“She is so limited in the way she can express herself,” said Lizbeth Romero, Leilani’s mom. “Art is her passion. That is why we are so excited that her work was chosen for this. It makes her so happy.”
Leilani’s connection to art is why Phil Young, the new chief executive officer for Hospitals of Providence East, is excited about having the exhibit in the hospital.
“People often refer to medicine as an art,” Young said. “I think it’s a wonderful connection that we have with the art of medicine and visual art coming together. Art is a soothing medium. It brightens people’s lives. This is a special treat for me.”
Jane A. Hambric art teacher Josie Viel also said art and medicine complement each other.
“Art heals,” Viel said. “It’s very therapeutic. It takes people’s minds off whatever they are feeling. That’s why this exhibit being here is so important. Patients can come see this and maybe it will take their mind off their troubles even if it’s for just a little while. Art, for many, is a saving grace.”