Woodhull Hospital Artist Access Program

Organization: Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center

Title: Artist Access Program / Art for Health Care

Year created: 2005 – ongoing

Location: Brooklyn, NY, USA

Materials: Various

What is the program’s impact? Art is shared in an environment that is generally quite stressful and stale (e.g. live music in the lobby, art lessons in the daycare). Artists work towards credits for health care services in the same environment.

How does this project relate to this change as art? It makes it somewhat easier for artists to produce their work in an environment where self-employed people have few options for health care. It makes visible the dysfunctions of the health care system (i.e. having to barter for what many consider basic health care services). One hour of  artistic service merits $40 worth of healthcare, and the “hospital’s Creative Arts Department reviews proposals for art programs to determine if they are appropriate for hospitalized patients and matches programs with departments such as the Pediatric, Geriatric, or Rehabilitation Units.” (source)

What makes this an artistic project? It’s less of an artistic program, but rather a program for artists that leads to change for them, and their community. Additionally, various works or art are created or performed.

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