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Survivor's Art Gallery Gets Grant

ANN ARBOR, MI - The new Survivors' Art Gallery at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center is attracting national attention. As part of a National Endowment for the Arts-funded training and consultation initiative, the Society for Arts in Healthcare will send in a specially trained consultant to help enhance the quality of the gallery.

Located in a heavily traveled hallway connecting the Cancer Center to University Hospital, the 500-foot Survivors' Art Gallery wall showcases six shows each year including national traveling art, as well as adult and pediatric art created with the help of the Center's art therapist.

"It is a place of hope and community for all cancer survivors, their families and caretakers," says Suzanne Mahler, director of the Healing Arts Program. "We want to continue to grow this excitement and attract more visitors by focusing on the 'nuts and bolts' of running a professional gallery."

Consultant Helen Orem of Orem Associates in Chevy Chase, Md., will spend two days this month consulting on gallery design, operations, marketing, fundraising and long-range planning. Orem has consulted on the development of numerous galleries across the country, including Georgetown University Medical Center, Lombardi Cancer Center and Children's National Medical Center, all in Washington, D.C., the National Cancer Institute and the Children's Inn at the NIH in Bethesda, Md.

The Survivors' Art Gallery, originally funded by a $15,000 grant from the Friends of University Hospital, is located on Level B1 of the U-M Cancer Center and is open to the public 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

 

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