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Cone Health to add 2 commissioned pieces to its art

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GREENSBORO — Artists and donors have helped Cone Health decorate its buildings and campuses with creations ranging from portraits to large, outdoor pieces.

Now the health care system plans to add two more art pieces — one at Moses Cone Hospital, the other inside the new Cone Health MedCenter for Women.

“Health care is a journey for our patients that involves a variety of experiences, emotions and outcomes,” Preston Hammock, president of Moses Cone Hospital, said in a news release. “Art can play a vital role in that journey, providing inspiration, hope and compassion during some of the most important moments in our patients’ lives.”

The mission of Cone Health’s Healing Arts Program reflects that. Studies show that well-designed hospital environments that accentuate art can reduce patients’ anxiety, accelerate recovery and lessen pain.

“As a physician, I know that art in all forms plays a key role in healing,” said Dr. Mary Jo Cagle, Cone Health’s chief operating officer. “We want to surround our team, the patients we care for and their loved ones with art that is both beautiful and inspiring.”

At the Cone Health MedCenter for Women, artist Ilasahai Prouty has been chosen to create a piece for the interior of the building at 930 Third St. The two-story, 30,000-square-foot facility opened in May, offering innovative medical care and a variety of support services for women.

Prouty teaches art at Appalachian State University and has exhibited throughout the United States. She was chosen from multiple artists across North Carolina by a committee of ArtsGreensboro and Cone Health stakeholders.

Her piece — with an estimated $15,000 budget paid for through hospital philanthropy — is expected to be in place by September.

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Prouty’s project will connect a group of diverse women to create art that embodies the goal of Cone Health: a place that is welcoming to all, regardless of their stage of life, status or background.

Women in the communities served by Cone Health will be invited to learn how to make patterned paper and to share photographs of health and health care in their lives.

Prouty will then build a large collage weaving together the painted papers and photographs.

This quilt-based composition, called “Gathering,” will echo sewing circles that have connected women through creativity and conversation.

“Women walk through our doors with diverse life experiences and backgrounds,” Cone Health Director Walidah Karim-Rhoades said in the news release. “We want women to experience art in this unexpected place, as art has the ability to empower, heal, transform and provide connection — which aligns beautifully with the intent of MedCenter for Women.”

Another piece of art for Moses Cone Hospital will be commissioned by Cone Health and the Public Art Endowment of the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro. The large, outdoor sculpture will go in a circular area between the hospital’s Cone Health Heart & Vascular Center and the Women’s & Children’s Center.

Planners hope that it will be in place by the end of 2022.

The $300,000 budget will consist of $75,000 from the Public Art Endowment and $225,000 to be raised by Cone Health Philanthropy.

The commissioning of the Cone Hospital piece will begin with a formal request for qualifications in August, said Cheryl Stewart, the endowment’s public art consultant.

Contact Dawn DeCwikiel-Kane at 336-373-5204 and follow @dawndkaneNR on Twitter.

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