With the NAP asking our venues across the country to step up participation numbers in order to make our funding go further, our Napa State Hospital Coordinator Sally Denman really rose to the occasion. Using the NAP Exhibition as a way to boost morale and provide a sense of team spirit throughout the hospital, Sally was able to encourage a number of first time participants to enter the show. “It’s so great to see staff from all different departments meeting and interacting – seeing their fellow workers in a new and different light, as well as patients viewing staff in a new and different way,” stated Sally.
Sally’s inspiring attitude paid off with Napa State Hospital’s highest participation numbers since their inception into the program in 2007. Their Sixth Annual NAP Exhibition displayed 166 works by 103 different artists, a more than 50% increase in participation from 2011! Sally commented that, “the event continues to provide such a fantastic fun occasion of creativity-sharing, recognition, encouragement and stress relief, not to mention fantastic art viewing!”
Napa State Hospital is just one good example of the success the National Arts Program® has found in hospitals settings across the country thanks to our passionate coordinators like Sally. We look forward to another successful year in 2013!
Artwork from the 6th Annual NAP Exhibition lining the walls of Napa State Hospital.