San Antonio, TX - Patients, employees, and visitors at Methodist Hospital | Northeast are now able to participate in interactive art experiences five days a week, through the support of Hearts Need Art, a local San Antonio nonprofit organization. The mission of Hearts Need Art is to create moments of joy, self-expression, and connection for those facing life-altering health challenges through arts engagement, advocacy, and innovation.

This past fall, Hearts Need Art was awarded as the 2022 High Impact Grant recipient for the “Arts and Culture” award by Impact San Antonio. As one of the largest collective-giving, grant-making organizations in the nation, Impact San Antonio empowers women to join together to achieve meaningful change. The grant awarded to Hearts Need Art will provide $100,000 in funding for “Artful Recovery for Healthcare” five days a week for 45 weeks to the patients, employees, and visitors at Methodist Hospital | Northeast.

Artful recovery will consist of interactive art experiences with the goal of creating healing opportunities for the individual. The talented staff at Hearts Need Art will host live bedside art and music activities and lessons along with fiction and nonfiction writing led by San Antonio Poet Laureate, Andrea "Vocab" Sanderson. These unique, personal experiences help individuals feel seen, heard, and loved while facing life-altering health challenges. These creative outlets allow a holistic approach to healing for patients, which further increases their overall patient experience. In addition to providing stress-relieving activities to improve the emotional and mental well-being of those within the healthcare profession. Upon conclusion of the “Artful Recovery for Healthcare” grant, the data collected will be used to further advocate for increasing the need for arts within the healthcare industry.