Founded in 2001, Art with a Heart in Healthcare provides a staff artist, community volunteers, and UNF interns seven days a week to develop sessions individualized to meet the needs of the patients and families at bedside or in groups. The nonprofit's emphasis on personal expression from a fine art perspective helps humanize the high-tech, clinical atmosphere of the hospital. Art can empower a child in an otherwise powerless situation.
“This project really gives patients the opportunity to express themselves while here in the hospital. It also helps decrease isolation and normalize the environment for our patients on isolation precautions for weeks at a time,” said Whitney Roberts, a child life specialist at Wolfson Children's Hospital.
First Tennessee Bank, a full-service financial services company with more than 170 locations in five states, sponsors the Art with a Heart in Healthcare exhibition at MOCA Jacksonville for the third year in a row. First Tennessee arrived in Jacksonville in 2014. The company has a long history of supporting the arts, health and human services, education, financial literacy, and economic development in every market in which it does business. On the First Coast, First Tennessee supports organizations that make a positive difference and advance quality of life in the community including Wolfson Children's Hospital, Nemours Children's Specialty Care, the Sulzbacher Center, and many other charitable and nonprofit organizations by supporting the work of Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida.