The Pillowcase Project

Harlem Hospital’s Child Life Program in collaboration with St. Hope Leadership Academy’s art department hosted an art exhibit at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, NY. May 29th, 2012 marked the culmination of a wonderful community service project. Emily Johnson, Director of Child Life at Harlem Hospital, worked with Michele Farrie, Art Director of the St. Hope Leadership Academy, to bring hospital patients’ art to life. Pediatric patients were given crayons, paper and two prompts to choose from: “If I ran the hospital…..” or “If I were a doctor….”
Their artwork was enlarged, and then neighborhood middle school students from St. Hope’s transferred the work onto pillowcases and colored them to match the artists’ original work. Following the exhibit, the pillowcases will be donated to the pediatric artists. 
Ms. Johnson is a graduate of Bank Street’s Child Life Program (’11), and Ms. Farrie is a graduate of Bank Street’s Leadership in the Arts Program (’10). Not only was this a collaboration within the community, but it was a partnership between two Bank Street alumns who graduated different years from different programs.

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