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Murals That Showcase the Children of Queens On Display at New York Hospital Queens

Cynthia Bacon- (718) 670-2515

Flushing, N.Y, February 2, 2010-- A permanent art installation, murals called the “Children of Queens,” was unveiled last week at the children’s patient unit at New York Hospital Queens. The murals extend throughout the entire children’s unit—more than 1,000 feet of wall space and showcase the magnificence of Queens through the eyes of a child.

“The name of this exhibit, the “Children of Queens” is really why we are all here today,” said Joseph J. Abularrage, M.D, chairman of the Department of Pediatrics. “We make it our life’s work to bring healing care to the sick children of Queens in an atmosphere full of warmth and smiles that set our child patients and their family at ease.”

Created by mural artists, Splashes of Hope, the “Children of Queens” is the largest art installation by the group to date. The artists brought to life scenes from Queens— game day at Citifield, home of the NY Mets, to popular children’s destinations in Queens, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, the Queens Zoo and the Hall of Science.

The not-for-profit organization, Starlight Children’s Foundation, sponsored the Splashes of Hope art installation. The foundation supports New York Hospital Queens throughout the year with programs, such as clown visits, the purchase of video game consoles and much more. The paint used for the installation was donated by Benjamin Moore & Co.

   Alisha Rappaport, Director of Child Life, narrates a mural tour of the children's unit at New York Hospital Queens. Pictured, at left is Joseph J. Abularrage, M.D., Chairman of the Pediatrics Department.

Flushing Meadows-Corona Park (shown, at right) is one of the many Queens landmarks that were depicted on the 127 signs and murals throughout the children's unit.   

New York Hospital Queens, Department of Pediatrics
New York Hospital Queens is a member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System and is affiliated with Weill Medical College of Cornell University.  The Pediatrics Unit at New York Hospital Queens offers high quality medical care to children and adolescents—with a gentle approach—this includes personalized attention, a warm, child-friendly environment and services that make every patient and family feel special. New York Hospital Queens’ state-of-the-art facility is among the finest in the tri-state region. It consists of 18 pediatrics beds and 5 pediatric intensive care unit beds.

Starlight Children’s Foundation
The Starlight Children’s Foundation makes a world of difference for seriously ill children and their families. Since 1985, the NY*NJ*CT chapter has been offering hope and a brighter future for seriously ill children. The goal of the Starlight Children’s Foundation is to help these children experience the simple joys of being a child. Over the past 13 years, Starlight’s Pediatric Hospital Support program has supported 84 hospitals in the tri-state area with an estimated project value of more than $9.4 million.  The programs supported by Starlight strive to make a child’s hospital experience more pleasant. To date, the projects have brightened the lives of more than one million hospitalized children.  For more information on Starlight Children’s Foundation of NY*NJ*CT, please log on to www.starlight-newyork.org.

Splashes of Hope
Splashes of Hope is a non-profit organization of mural artists dedicated to creating soothing and uplifting environments within hospitals and other medical settings through the creation of custom-designed, hand-painted murals that lift the spirits of patients, their families and the professionals who care for them.

Splashes of Hope was founded in 1996 by artist Heather Buggée.  While in art school, Heather’s friend and classmate battled and ultimately succumbed to Hodgkin’s Disease. Heather spent a great deal of time with him in a hospital and the two were struck and continually amazed by how stark and institutional the environment was.  They talked endlessly about how they, as artists, could stimulate the healing process by transforming the bare walls of medical and other social service institutions into comfortable, friendly atmospheres.  Thus, Splashes of Hope was born. Today, over 300 facilities have been “splashed” and these creations can be used as a therapeutic distraction technique in pain management giving patients a soothing visual focus and they can be found in lobbies or on entrance doors to facilitate way-finding.  For more information about Splashes of Hope and the splashing process, visit www.splashesofhope.org.


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