Art Promotes Interactions at Lurie Children's
It’s a widely accepted fact now a days that displaying art in hospital settings provides healing benefits to patients during their stay, but at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, employees are enjoying the benefits as well during their annual NAP exhibit.
Hospital employees traversing the 11th floor of Lurie Children’s are once again pausing during their travels to take in the variety of artwork lining the hallway thanks to this year’s exhibit. The show, now in its sixth year, provides a wonderful opportunity for passers-by to interact not only with each other, but the artwork as well all the while giving them a chance to push pause for a minute on their daily routine. NAP Coordinator Lisa Mulvaney commented that seeing this interaction is one of her favorite parts of the show especially when the employees stop to discuss the artwork with their colleagues.
And there is a lot of great artwork to view this year with a total of 159 pieces, an increase of 20% from just last year! With the pieces spanning all matter of styles and mediums as well as skill level, there is surely something for everyone to find a connection with during the exhibit. These personal connections give employees a new way of interacting with their colleagues, whether through viewing their art, the art of a family member or discussing a piece with someone, all while providing them with an enhanced daily work environment.
Combine this with the fact that the show has one of the NAP’s longest run times – almost a full 9 months! – the exhibit is able to transform the everyday routine of the employees while providing meaningful connections to their coworkers.