Healing Arts at Lifespan
Fostering creative expression to promote overall health
If a tour through a Lifespan partner hospital makes you wonder whether you are in a hospital or an art gallery, it's not surprising. From the sculptures at Hasbro Children's Hospital and the health care paintings at Rhode Island Hospital to Bradley Hospital's underground tunnel turned ocean paradise, art is everywhere. It is enriching the lives of patients and staff and raising public consciousness about the important role art can play in humanizing health care.
Artists and collectors have donated more than 650 paintings and sculptures to Hasbro Children's Hospital. Renowned artist Howard Ben Tré was commissioned to create the interactive water fountain. The lobby and corridor walls display over 10,000 Circle of Clay tiles created by Rhode Island elementary school students, hospital patients and even former President Bill Clinton. The Davol corridor at Rhode Island Hospital displays the work of Lifespan employees and local artists.
The Miriam Hospital has a collection of original art by local artists and Newport Hospital, thanks to generous gifts, also has works of art on display. One of our more popular exhibits is the assortment of folk art, dolls and collectibles, on loan from our employees, in the corridor connecting Hasbro Children's Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital.
To further brighten the walls, Hasbro Children's Hospital, in collaboration with the Art league of Rhode Island created the Hall of Masters Past and Present project. Artists from the League recreate famous works of art on a miniature scale and then expand them into fanciful, imaginative paintings for the specialties clinic exam rooms.