The beautiful art that fills our Cancer Center is not only there to comfort and inspire our patients, each piece was chosen by cancer patients themselves through a wonderful community art program called Art Heals.
Knowing the healing power of art, Yuma Regional Medical Center Cancer Center asked local artists to submit works of art that reflected serenity, hope, healing and joy.
Following an incredible response from artists throughout the community, a committee of cancer patients and cancer survivors selected exactly which pieces of art they felt would best lift spirits and touch souls.
Art Heals was officially unveiled in the fall of 2016, creating a restorative and calming environment for patients, families and caregivers throughout our Cancer Center.
The paintings, drawings, photographs and pieces of sculpture can be found throughout the Cancer Center, brightening spaces ranging from waiting areas and hallways to areas where patients receive treatments.
In addition to the art pieces themselves, Art Heals also features Weaving a Legacy, a tapestry woven together by the hands of cancer patients and their loved ones.
Each ribbon, strip of cloth or colorful memento making up this beautiful tapestry honors a patient’s courageous journey.
Along with each artist’s creations, the displays also feature biographic information about each artist, allowing cancer patients and their families to better know the vision and background of each artist. An audio tour is also available, with select displays featuring video interviews with the artists.
The majority of the pieces of artwork are for sale, with a portion of proceeds benefiting local cancer care.
Most participating artists spoke of their interest in helping to create a comfortable and healing environment at the Cancer Center. Several artists are cancer patients themselves or a close loved one is currently receiving treatment. In two cases, artists submitted their artwork for Art Heals, led by a desire to help others, only to receive a cancer diagnosis for themselves or a parent.