The New England Foundation for The Arts Awards Grant


The New England Foundation for The Arts has awarded a $10,000 grant to Public Art Works to create art installations to include wall murals and ceiling tiles for The Center for Pediatric Imaging and Sedation at Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence, RI. The installation, "The Fishnet Project," consists of both two- and three-dimensional artworks that are being designed for the CT scan room, MRI room, Ultrasound and X-ray rooms. The artworks are being created to enhance the environment and provide a soothing and peaceful atmosphere for the patients and families who visit this area.

Working with Paula Most, Lifespan Arts Coordinator, the artists recently completed the first phase of this project, which included creating 24 colorful ceiling tiles that have been installed in the sedation and recovery area. Staff use the tiles to distract the children as they are being sedated for a procedure, creating imaginative stories about each tile and often continuing the story when the child is waking from the procedure.

Artists whose work is included in the 22' mural are: Nancy Gaucher-Thomas, Warwick; Aimee Heru, East Greenwich; Michele Chisholm Leavitt, Saunderstown; Merle Mainelli Poulton, Lincoln; and KennSpeiser, Providence. All live and work in Rhode Island.

Public Art Works is an association of artists working to promote and encourage art in public spaces. Services include developing creative artwork solutions that will articulate the client's vision for any space while providing the most qualified talent for site-specific projects. Consulting by Public Arts Works is available for all stages of small and large-scale art projects and installations. For more information, contact