Talent Abounds at Avera
Avera McKennan Hospital’s First NAP Employee and Family Art Exhibition was an amazing success and opened on July 23rd displaying 288 artworks by 165 participating artists. Coordinator Carol Rogers should be honored for her dedication as she has truly made this an event to remember. Involving so many members of the hospital community and allowing them to share another part of their lives is priceless. Patients, visitors and employees alike shared the enjoyment of seeing such talents on display.
The National Arts Program® was first brought to the attention of Russell McKnight, Director of Creative Services & Marketing at Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center by a therapist that had learned about us through a recent conference. After reviewing the key points of the program Russell decided it was a great idea and moved forward with getting everyone on board.
“Everlasting Love” by Molly Dziedzic was chosen as the People’s Choice Winner. In addition to the People’s Choice Award, Molly’s pencil drawing won first place in the teen category, and she also received a $250 art scholarship. Molly, who is the daughter of Marla Dziedzic, Education Development consultant, is a freshman at the University of Iowa. “This drawing is a picture of her grandparents,” Marla said. The drawing was based on a photograph that Molly took.
Although Avera has long understood the healing power of art, the National Arts Program® show is a wonderful new addition to their tradition!
Teen 13-18, First Place, Scholarship Award & People's Choice
Works on Paper
Relative; Education Consultant