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Project Ahh!

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Sarah Petto, Artist in Residence

(608) 890-9203

Madison's Absolutely Art, a community-based art gallery on Madison's near-east side owned by Meghan Blake-Horst, hosted this summer's UW Hospital and Clinics Artful Health and Healing project.

 

Project Ahh!, the product of which was on display in Absolutely Art's front window through Sept. 15, invited patients recently discharged from the hospital to aid their healing processes by creating stained-glass windows, textile printing, garden stones and flags, jewelry and many other types of art.

 

Project Ahh! Is a "Wisconsin Idea" program that is generously supported by the Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea EndowmentDrawing from talented local artists, volunteers and health care professionals, Project Ahh! provides arts options for patients who are reconnecting with their communities as they are transition into the healing phase of health.

 

"Engaging in arts activities after a traumatic event, during a medical treatment or after surgery can help people redirect their attention to the creative and critical thinking involved in art-making," says program coordinator Sarah Petto. "For many people this redirection becomes an engagement in the creative process. In turn, patients have reported less anxiety, less pain, a positive daily outlook, and generally a better quality to daily living while making art."

 

Sarah directed a special recognition to Meghan and the Absolutely Art staff for their help in making Project Ahh! a success.

 

"Meghan has been most accommodating and very much aware of people who require special accommodations while recuperating," she said. "Thanks to Meghan and all our community art partners."

 

"I have a degree in kinesiology and understand the necessity of bridging art and health care," Meghan said. "We need to work on all sides of our health to be healthy. If this is another way to get people to be creative, I’m all for it. I love that we can outreach with Sarah and support our community."

 
The Project Ahh! Creations
 

The view from the Absolutely Art front window facing Atwood Avenue, with the Project Ahh! creations featured prominently.

 

The view from the Absolutely Art front window facing Atwood Avenue, with the Project Ahh! creations featured.

A second view from inside Absolutely Art, with Project Ahh! using their art to spell out the project's purpose.

 

A second view from inside Absolutely Art, with Project Ahh! using their art to spell out the project's purpose.