By Jonathan Heuring
Snow City Arts, a valued arts education partner with Rush University Medical Center for more than 18 years, will hold its annual student exhibition and fundraiser, “Gallery Night 2016: Free to Make,” on Friday, Sept. 9. Snow City Arts is the only organization of its kind in Chicago, inspiring and educating children and youth in hospitals through the arts. Snow City Arts is proud to call Rush its longest-standing hospital partner, having established itself on the pediatric ward in 1998.
Snow City Arts uses professional teaching artists trained in the fields of visual art, creative writing, music, theater and media arts. These artists work bedside or in small group settings with patients at Rush University Children’s Hospital free of charge, and provide an arts education that aligns with State and Federal learning standards.
Gallery Night 2016 is the annual celebration of the work of done throughout the year by students in the hospital. This year, more than 400 works of art from more than 150 students will be publicly displayed on Friday at the Ballroom of the School of the Art Institute. This event is the culmination of work happening every day at Rush, by patients as young as 3 years old, into their early 20s. Snow City Arts works with a wide range of patients, from those who are in the hospital for a brief stay, or who come for regular treatments for ten years or more.
Snow City Arts is thrilled to have the opportunity to display their students’ work in such an esteemed artistic venue. Guests at the event can purchase prints of the student work (such as the ones shown here), download albums of student compositions, and bid on unique silent auction packages and experiences.
The highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the 2016 Neisser Award to Keith Boyd, MD, associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics and senior associate dean of Rush Medical College. Dr. Boyd has been a passionate supporter of arts education for children, exemplified by more than 12 years of exemplary service on the board of directors at Snow City Arts.
For more information or to purchase tickets to Gallery Night 2016, go to the Snow City Arts website at www.snowcityarts.org.
Jonathan Heuring is development and communications director for Snow City Arts.