Rangoli Sand Mandalas

Artists in Residence work annually with over 100 volunteers from the Gainesville community and the University of Florida. These artists and volunteers engage patients, families and staff in the creative disciplines of dance, writing, music, visual arts and contemplative arts.

The dynamic of patient and artist working together fosters open communication, provides avenues for expression, offers opportunities to deal with fear, and strengthens the patient’s sense of control during times of crisis brought about by serious illness. This collaboration serves two purposes: it allows patients and families to participate in activities that enhance the hospital experience and then to display their work in order to personalize the physical setting and make it more inspiring.