2006 Blair Sadler Competition Awardees
2005 Blair Sadler Competition Awardees

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2005 Blair Sadler Competition Awardees

Ten model arts in healthcare projects were honored in the 2005 Blair L. Sadler International Healing Arts Competition from 42 entries received from 19 states and three countries. Each measurably impacted the quality of the healthcare experience for patients, families, and staff:

Steffanie Lorig
, Founder & Executive Director
Art with Heart
Seattle, WA
for Oodles of Doodles
Art with Heart’s 124-page activity book called Oodles of Doodles collected the work of 97 contributing artists, including Mary Grand Pré of Harry Potter Fame. It contains posters, stickers, masks, doorknob hangers and other activities to provide hospitalized children a non-threatening outlet for dealing with fear. Since 2002, over 10,000 Oodles books have been given away to hospitals and other non-profits who serve hospitalized children. A Spanish language edition is now also available.

with Ochsner Clinic Foundation
New Orleans, LA
for Children's Art Project at Ochsner for Children
Emery Clark’s “Children’s Art Project” at Ochsner Clinic Foundation in New Orleans, LA, uses evidence-based design to transform the healthcare experience for children. Artwork for mobiles, murals, and rotating galleries are created by children and installed throughout the facilities to create a sense of place, reduce stress and promote healing. Magnetic chalkboards appear on walls throughout the Pediatric Ambulatory Care Center for spontaneous creative expression and a stunning installation with changing rainbow projections appears on the hospital’s walls.

Edie Eileen
Bedside Harp
Bensalem, PA
for Portrait of a Highly Successful Hospital-Based Harp Therapy Program
at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton
Through research at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital’s cancer center, Edie Eileen Elkan found that patients who listened to live harp music while receiving chemotherapy were less anxious than those patients who did not. Bedside Harp’s volunteers have delivered over 1,250 hours of harp therapy to the hospital’s patients since 2002. The organization has also trained 12 harp therapists to earn their certifications, and over 56 staff and community members learned how to play the harp. She has now started the program at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick also, the flagship hospital of the Robert Wood Johnson Health System.

Kyle McDonald
Hasbro Children's Hospital
Providence, RI
for Art While You Wait
Hasbro Children's Hospital's Art for Life Foundation program "Art While You Wait" in Providence, RI found that 92% of patients surveyed experienced reduced pain and anxiety when participating in its arts projects in the Emergency waiting room, confirming that the creative process is a very powerful tool in pain management. One seven-year old patient explained, "I was too busy to feel the pain." The Art for Life Foundation program, facilitated by Kyle McDonald, serves 1,850 patients in a year, with different art projects each week.

Karen Kurzawa
Children's Cancer Association
Portland, OR 
for Music Rx
Now annually serving 11,120 children and their families, the Portland, OR based Children’s Cancer Association’s puts musical instruments in the hands of pediatric patients through its Music Rx program, directed by Karen Kurzawa. A mobile music cart library offers over 1,500 items including rap machines, electric drums, harps, marimbas, and CDs to children and their families. Karaoke events and evening concerts provide much needed entertainment. As the mother of a 5 year old explained, “The Music Rx therapist came with her guitar and Lauryn spoke and smiled, laughed and sang for the first time in three days!  It's like it brought her back to life.”

Honorable Mentions

Stuart Pimsler &
Suzanne Costello
of Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater
Minneapolis, MN
for Meaning in Movement
at Stroke Wellness Center at North Memorial Hospital
Meaning in Movement used creative movement with stroke survivors at the Stroke Wellness Center at North Memorial Hospital in Minneapolis.

Thiessen, President
B.C. Artists in Healthcare Society
Port Coquiltlam British Columbia
for Dragonflies of Hope
with Crossroads Inlet Center Hospice/Crossroads Hospice Society
The “Dragonflies of Hope” project at Crossroads Inlet Center Hospice emerged from a client’s dragonfly “pop-up” card and transformed into a contest of school children’s artworks.

Dykehouse Photography
Grand Rapids, MI
for Emily's Big Picture Project
with Hospice of Michigan
Through “Emily’s Big Picture Project,” Jeff Dykehouse brings his portable studio and backdrops to pediatric hospice patients in Michigan to ensure that families with sick children have free family portraits.

Matheny School and Hospital/Arts Access Program
Peapack, NJ
Lyn Sanders’s acclaimed Arts Access program at Matheny Medical and Educational Center enables people with disabilities to create fine art, assisted by professional artist-facilitators.

Gail Ellison
, Writer in Residence
SHANDS, Arts in Medicine
Gainesville, FL
for Making Reflective Writing an Integral Part of Healthcare
Gail Ellison’s program at SHANDS Arts in Medicine engages patients in writing at bedside, and also publishes reflective writing by patients, staff as well as nursing and medical students.