trade art for health in queens

woodhull hospital in queens new york lets low-income artists who don’t qualify for state insurance donate time or art in exchange for services at the hospital in a program called artists access.  the program, which is part of a broader affordable health care scheme called health & hospitals corporation, allows artists the chance to trade one hour of volunteer work at the hospital for $40 of medical treatment. at the moment, the program appears to appeal to artists who engage with patients in participatory ways such as photographing newborns or leading yoga sessions, but it might be possible to expand such a system to work toward beautifying the built environment of the hospital and there is discussion of including a mural project. the snag, then, would be in monitoring the quality and appropriateness of a submitted works. woodhull has a horrific reputation, with horror stories of all manners in no short supply, but this is a small step in a positive direction for the institute.  (via psfk)

the current state of affairs at woohull (via plasticview on flickr)

starck contrast to the keith haring mural they are so fond of highlighting (via Otterman56 on flickr)

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