Patients aged four to 18 created the artwork thanks to the hospital's Artists-in-Residence program.
Patient artwork will be on display in the rotunda of the State Capitol October 8 - 12, and at the THEA Foundation Gallery in North Little Rock's Argenta district October 15 - 22.
The art on display will be a combination of individual patient art projects and collaborative efforts and will encompass many different mediums and processes.
During the Argenta Art Walk on October 19, ACH Artists-in-Residence will be on site to answer questions about the ACH program. The Arkansas Children's Hospital Foundation will also be on hand, providing a small reception and selling some selected works, the proceeds of which will benefit the Artists in Residence program.
"The In-School Residency program allows us to bring art to the children in hospital classrooms and even in their hospital rooms. These displays allow us to bring that art to the public," said Elizabeth Weber, ACH Artist-in-Residence.
The Artists-in-Residence program, made possible by a grant from the Arkansas Arts Council, brings art participation to ACH patients' bedside, allowing the patient an outlet for expression and creativity. While expanding the patient and family's view of their hospitalization, the artists' physical presence allows the family member or caregiver to become involved in the process. Art is a way for patients to express themselves and gain some control over their environment, decreasing their fear and anxiety of being in a hospital.
Over the course of the residency, artists Hamid Ebrahimifar and Elizabeth Weber develop and implement several educational projects as individual and group needs are assessed. The projects directly support not only the content standards within the Arkansas Fine Arts Frameworks, but also address key areas within the Language Arts, Mathematics and Social Science Frameworks across all grade levels.