As part of Akron Children’s Hospital’s 125th celebration, a group of donors, patients and staff were invited to Kay Jewelers Pavilion on the hospital’s birthday, Oct. 20, to ‘unwrap’ the much anticipated mosaic project.
“We wanted an anchor project for our Kay Jewelers Pavilion that would allow us to raise awareness for our 125th birthday, involve the community and raise funds for our hospital,” said John Zoilo, vice president, Akron Children’s Foundation. “The mosaic project accomplished all of those things and serves as a capstone to a year-long celebration of Children’s Hospital.”
To bring the project to life, the hospital relied on the talents of many – Project S.N.A.P. to bring community and art together to support a common cause – the hospital; an internal design committee to establish the theme of the mosaic; and best-selling author and illustrator, Todd Parr, who, along with Project S.N.A.P., created the mural.The mosaic’s theme of “Celebrating Childhood” is depicted in a colorful 15 by 10 foot mural that took 2 years to produce and 10,000 pieces of artwork – hand-drawn and colored – by individuals and organizations throughout the community.
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.
“Partnership is a part of everything we do at Children’s,” said Bill Considine, president and CEO of Akron Children’s Hospital. “Thanks to our donors, collaborators and community, this mural will leave a lasting legacy here at the hospital. We are thrilled with the result of everyone’s efforts.”
To get a closer look at the mosaic or to search for individual artwork and its exact location in the mural, visit the Project S.N.A.P. online art museum at projectsnap.org/akronchildrens.