NYC Health + Hospitals Woodhull Hospital has brought colorful inspiration to its Flushing Avenue side. On October 8, a mural titled, Through Healing We Unite, which the artist hopes will communicate the balance of both care workers and patients to cultivate healing, was unveiled. The mural was developed by Pratt graduate and Brooklyn-based artist Imani Roberts. It was painted by her, community members, hospital staff, and elected officials. “This mural stands as a symbol of gratitude, trust, and devoted collaboration. Both inside and outside of the walls of Woodhull through healing, we unite!” stated Roberts in her artist’s statement.
This is one of 17 murals that is part of the Community Murals Project, a flagship component of NYC Health + Hospitals’ Arts in Medicine program, made possible through the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. It will be one of ten murals completed this year, and once the project reaches completion it will be the largest endeavor of its kind since the WPA public art program.
“Community in paint, pride in the hospital, and beauty, comfort, and solace for all,” said Laurie Tisch, Founder and President of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, at the unveiling.
Senator Julia Salazar also spoke at the windy unveiling. She chuckled at the memory that the wind was also an element on the day the mural was painted. “We had to tape down our aprons,” she said.
“A community that heals together stays together,” said Assemblywoman Maritza Davila.