sNAPshot January 2018


January 2018

Jackie’s Renderings

A message from the Executive Director

I write this in the frigid Northeast temperatures and long for a warm sunny day again. The winter is upon us and although we think the weather has little impact on the art world, we had several shows this past fall postpone and rearrange opening receptions. Flooding in Texas, fires in California, and snowstorms in the east. If it’s not happening in our back yard, we can sometimes forget to take into account how things are impacting other people. One of my New Years resolutions is to be more informed; take the time to sift through the media and read articles instead of listening to sound bites or Twitter feeds. To be more present, as they say, and have more meaningful discussions. As 2018 begins we have some new and exciting shows coming and we hope you will be a part of a great year ahead. Happy New Year to all!

 “Cold as Ice” by Christiane Hellner-Obrien


Collage of some of the amazing Youth and Teen category artworks from the UMMC Exhibit this year

Youth Art Stands Out at UMMC Fifth Exhibit

The National Arts Program® Director of Operations, Maren Reid and Director of Programs, Robyn McGinley were thrilled to attend the Fifth Annual University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) NAP Exhibit on October 12th. Coordinator Lauren Davis and the UMMC C2X Healing Arts Team did a phenomenal job of making the entire experience top notch. The work was professionally displayed and the reception included live music, food, and a fantastic awards presentation. During the reception Maren Reid spoke on behalf of the NAP and honored Lauren Davis with a beautiful Fifth Anniversary Award to thank her for her commitment to the program.

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“Life’s Adventures”; Riley Tetreault; Teen 13-18, Honorable Mention; Painting; Patient

Passion for Healing Arts Take Center Stage at Carilion Clinic

Carilion Clinic closed out 2017 with their second successful NAP exhibition of the year. This time around, the exhibit featured artwork from 120 different patients who had been treated by a Carilion provider during either 2016 or 2017. Although this was only Carilion’s second year displaying patient artwork, word about the opportunity has spread throughout the hospital system as they experienced a 23% increase in participation. Coordinator Marie Webb mentioned that they were very pleased with the growth in participation and especially with the significant increase in both the youth and teen categories, which more than doubled in size

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 “Plymouth”; Carla Bolden; Amateur; Photography; Employee; Public Schools

Boston Begins with the NAP

The City of Boston joined The National Arts Program® in 2017 in what we hope will be a long lasting relationship. The Boston City Hall already has the capability to hang artwork in many places, and it’s a good thing, as 225 pieces of artwork found wall space throughout the building for their First Annual National Arts Program® Exhibit. Employees brought their artwork out in full force to be judged and John Crowley, Visual Arts Coordinator for the City of Boston, was excited by not only the quality of work, but by the many different departments that participated.

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New course uses art to help aspiring U.S. citizens learn American history

Seven Pieces of Priceless Art People Ruined in 2017

Who fights for public art in the face of gentrification?

Local High School Art Contest Supported in Part by the National Arts Program Foundation

Local High School Art Contest
Supported in Part by the
National Arts Program Foundation

High school students from across Chester County, Pennsylvania were invited to take part in an art exhibit presented by the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County (DVCCC). NAP Director of Operations, Maren Reid had assisted the DVCCC when developing and planning their first student art exhibit which took place in early 2017. The success of that show has led them to make this an annual event. The contest now in its second year focused on the theme “All That’s Purple: Rise Up”, which corresponds with their Annual Gala Fundraiser.

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