In celebration of Akron Children's Hospital’s 125th birthday, a 15 x 10 foot mosaic mural, “Celebrating Children’s,” was unveiled on Oct. 20, the date of the hospital’s founding.
The mural depicts the Akron Children’s Hospital campus and features images significant to the hospital’s history and culture of family-centered care, including the Doggie Brigade, Petie the Pony, Air Bear and the people most important to our organization—our patients, volunteers and employees.
“Celebrating Children’s” features nearly 10,000 individual works of art that were created during a nine-month period beginning in September 2014 at five community events in support of the hospital. The mural includes art from Akron Children's Hospital employees, community members, students from 26 local schools and members of 35 scout troops. The mural is the first of its kind in Ohio.
“When we began making plans for our 125th anniversary, it was important for us to include the community,” said Bill Considine, president and CEO of Akron Children's Hospital. “It is truly humbling to see these thousands of pieces of art come together to tell not only the story of Akron Children’s, but to also salute the patients and families we are privileged to serve.”
The mural was created with assistance from Project S.N.A.P., a national non-profit that mobilizes people of all ages to take action on community initiatives. People of all ages – including patients and families, school children, community members, healthcare providers and other hospital staff – were invited to create personal messages through artworks and words about their experiences at the hospital.
After collecting thousands of pictures, the mural was brought to life by Project S.N.A.P. and Todd Parr, internationally known author and illustrator of 38 children’s books.
The Celebrating Children’s mural was made possible through generous support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Kay® Jewelers and Akrochem. Additionally, more than 400 donors who supported the Building on the Promise capital campaign are recognized on the artwork.
A companion website was created to allow contributors the opportunity to see their individual artwork, as well as its location on the mural. For more information, visit projectsnap.org/akronchildrens.
Anne C. Merchant
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