2016 Honoree: Science, Medicine and the Arts
At Children’s Hospital Colorado, the arts play an essential role in healing – serving as medicine for the spirit, and offering opportunities for reflection and inspiration. Through the Ponzio Creative Arts Therapy Program, cutting edge art, music, dance/movement and yoga therapies allow children and their families to heal their body, mind, and spirit.
Additionally, Children’s Colorado infuses art throughout its facilities with its permanent collection of public art. The bright colors, intricate shapes and hidden paths of terrazzo floors are diversions for visitors as they enter the vibrant, art filled atrium. The art immediately helps relax and delight parents and caregivers, sick children and siblings who may be going through an enormously stressful time. The hospital has a noteworthy collection of over 400 original artworks including several outdoor sculptures that showcase local and regional artists. The Frederic C. Hamilton Gallery, with its rotating exhibitions by local artists, offers respite, reflection, and inspiration to families during their hospital stay. Performing arts events, more than 90 each year, include performances from the Colorado Ballet and Opera Colorado. Through their collaborative partnership with the Denver Art Museum, cultural and artistic opportunities come directly into the hospital setting, further enriching the lives of hospital team members and visitors alike.