Shacklette Elementary Students Create Art for Kids at Frazier Rehab Institute

5/30/2013

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Louisville, KY (May 30, 2013) —Students from Shacklette Elementary School presented a special gift to children receiving treatment at Frazier Rehab Institute, part of KentuckyOne Health.  The students created art to be displayed on the eighth floor of Frazier Rehab Institute in downtown Louisville where pediatric patients receive care.
 
Student artists were joined today by children receiving treatment at Frazier Rehab Institute to install the artwork throughout the floor.
 
Brianna Moss, a teacher at Shacklette Elementary School, received a $300 grant from the Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation to purchase art supplies for her students who created the works to be displayed during their class time. The school does not have a formal art program.
 
The student’s works have a nautical theme to match the existing, kid-friendly décor on the eighth floor of the facility.  Approximately 20 pieces created by the Shacklette students, who are predominantly first graders, were selected for placement.
 
"When I brought out the art supplies, the students were so excited, and continue to be each time we do art projects,” said Moss. “Having a grant for art supplies gave my students opportunities they wouldn't have otherwise. Knowing that their artwork is going to hang in the children's wing of a hospital made them proud, and confident to continue to pursue art."
 
The artwork is part of the Frazier Rehab Healing Art program inspired by Louisville artist and former patient Billy Hertz.Hertz was a patient at Frazier Rehab Institute when he noticed that for a city with a booming arts community, no local art was on display throughout the rehab facility.  He spearheaded the effort to create art galleries with works from predominantly local artists throughout floors one, seven, eight and 10. The galleries were dedicated last fall and continue to grow and evolve.
 
“The paintings by the students of Shacklette Elementary School are sure to bring smiles
to each and every one who sees them,” said Hertz, owner of Galerie Hertz in Louisville. “They give the mind a chance to laugh and relax, even if just for 30 seconds from the reality that surrounds them.”
 
The galleries are the first step in Frazier Rehab Institute’s efforts to make art an integral part of therapy for some patients. Funding for the project was provided through charitable contributions to the Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation.
 
To support arts at Frazier Rehab Institute, make a donation to the Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation designated for the “Frazier Art Gallery” fund.  Donate online at http://giving.jhsmh.org, or mail a gift to:
Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's Foundation
200 Abraham Flexner Way
Louisville, KY 40202
 
About Frazier Rehab Institute
Frazier Rehab Institute, a part of KentuckyOne Health, is a comprehensive rehabilitation system with more than 20 locations throughout Kentucky and southern Indiana, providing therapy in acute care settings for inpatient and outpatient rehab needs.  Comprehensive rehab programs, highly skilled therapists, state-of-the-art-facilities and innovative therapeutic techniques have earned Frazier Rehab Institute national recognition.  Patients span the age range from infancy to geriatrics with a wide variety of diagnoses which include neurologic (spinal cord injury, brain injury and stroke), amputations, multiple trauma, orthopaedic, arthritis, cardiopulmonary, congenital, developmental, degenerative, and general medical cases.
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