To provide pediatric patients and families a physical, mental and emotional healing experience through integrated cultural collaboration and programming at Oishei Children’s Hospital. Our goal is to build an endowment that will create a unique healing space for over 145,000 pediatric patients and their families seen each year. Research and statistics show that incorporating arts programming into the healthcare experience has a direct positive impact on health outcomes for patients and caregivers; reducing anxiety and decreasing the perception of pain.
A Message from Signature Artist, Joe Cascio
Thank you for your consideration in making a donation
All of the artwork at Oishei Children’s Hospital is carefully selected by our Healing Arts Subcommittee. This committee is made up of clinical, non-clinical and administrative staff, as well as, local community members. The Healing Arts Subcommittee ensures that every piece of art is appropriate for the space and to make sure it is safe for our patients to be around. If you’re interested in donating artwork, please contact:
Coordinator, Healing Arts Program
John R. Oishei Children's Hospital
818 Ellicott St
Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: (716) 323-1512
Healing Arts Themed Floors
The Healing Arts Program benefits all by providing opportunities for the ongoing healing, comfort and enjoyment of patients, families, caregivers and healthcare providers. Below are the floor levels and their themes. Please consider helping secure art for the following themed floors.
Lower Level: Pathology & Laboratory
CITY OF LIGHTS
Artwork and installation theme: The lower level is light, bright and vibrant with cityscapes and views of downtown Buffalo.
Level One: Main Entrance Lobby & Emergency Department
SPIRIT OF BUFFALO
Artwork and installation theme: The Renaissance of Buffalo, to include Frank Lloyd Wright, East Aurora Roycroft Art & Crafts, Central Terminal, Arcade & Attica Railroad, Theodore Roosevelt Inauguration Site, Pierce Arrow Museum, Buffalo History Museum and Erie Canal. Also incorporating the growth and building of our community over the last five years.
Level Two: Ambulatory Surgery, Imaging, Niagara Falls Culinary Institute & the link to Conventus & BGMC
CITY OF GOOD NEIGHBORS
Artwork and installation theme: Faces, festivals and people of Buffalo showing how we truly are a melting pot. This theme also carries through the “coatless connections” level 2 linking the Medical campus together.
Level Three: Labor & Delivery, Inpatient Operating Rooms
Artwork and installation theme: Niagara Falls, Canalside, Maid of the Mist, Cave of the Winds, Niagara gorge, Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park, grain silos, Buffalo lighthouse etc.
Level Four: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Artwork and installation theme: This floor represents all four seasons in Buffalo and the ability to theme one of the four “neighborhoods” inside the NICU.
Level Five: Family Support
PARKS & GARDENS
Artwork and installation theme: Buffalo Olmstead Parks Conservancy, Tift Nature Preserve, Erie County Botanical Gardens, Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, nature and landscapes for soothing atmosphere.
Level Seven: Inpatient Pharmacy, Infusion & Dialysis
MUSIC & THEATRE
Artwork and installation theme: Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Theatre of Youth, Shea’s Performing Arts Center, Shakespeare in Delaware Park and Artpark.
Level Eight: Mother Baby Unit
Artwork and installation theme: Buffalo Zoo, Niagara Falls Aquarium, Knox Farm and pictures of mother and baby.
Level Nine: Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
Artwork and installation theme: Albright Knox Art Gallery, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Chautauqua Institute, Castellani Art Museum and UB Art Galleries.
Level Ten: Medical/Surgical Unit
Artwork and installation theme: Buffalo Sabres, Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Bandits, Buffalo Bison’s, New Era Camp Company and local youth teams.
Level Eleven: Medical/Surgical Unit
Artwork and installation theme: Fisher Price, Legos along with dreamy, fun and whimsical artwork.
Level Twelve : Hematology/Oncology & Long Term Monitoring Unit
Artwork and installation theme: Explore & More Children’s Museum, Buffalo Museum of Science, Kazoo Museum & Factory of Eden, Wurlitzer, Herschell Carousel Factory and inventions and innovations.
“Years ago I gave a presentation to the local cultural organizations with the vision to bring in our cultural assets into the new Oishei Children’s Hospital. The goal is to provide pediatric patients and families a physical, mental and emotional healing experience through integrated cultural collaboration and programming in the new Oishei Children’s Hospital. This community partnership is so important because research shows that the arts can help a patient heal faster and reduce anxiety during their stay in the hospital.”
"Since its start in 2016, our annual WarmUpWNY Blanket Drive for Oishei Children's Hospital has grown exponentially, thanks in large part to the generosity of the City of Good Neighbors and the participation of many Western New York business and community leaders," said Senator Tim Kennedy. "With nearly 30,000 blankets collected to date, we've seen the direct impact this drive has on families who are at their most vulnerable, and the joy it can bring to a child during an especially difficult time. We look forward to continuing this important initiative for years to come, alongside the many who help us make it such a success."
“Our parents instilled the value of philanthropy and volunteerism which introduced us to Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo in the late 80's and 90's. Our family strategy was to bring our passions to our community work and share and learn from each other lessons of effective service and grant making Paul's passion for the arts and mine for education and our combined love of family brought us to Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, where we would learn from so many others about the value of this hospital in our community and the contribution that so many dedicated volunteers make to the families that spend time here.”
“My son was just discharged a couple days ago. He loved this mural and finding all the hidden letters… [Fotini’s] mural was such a blessing to us while we were there. My son is very artistic himself and he really enjoyed this piece”
“Playing music at Oishei Children’s Hospital has been an incredible experience. We dance, we laugh, we cry, and sometimes we just chill and listen. It is an honor to be a part of the healing arts program. And I thank all those involved for making it happen. I have been told that what we are doing has had a large impact on the patient’s parents and staff. But I must be honest, the impact the kids have on me is probably far greater.”
“Art heals the parts of people that the doctors can't. It helps patients and families by letting them escape into another word, by making them smile, and by taking their mind off of the trauma. I specifically worked on an image that would inspire people to travel with their imagination. The idea of a casual sporting event amongst friends is one that a lot of people can relate to across cultures. Pond hockey makes me think about being a kid again. It invokes the sights, sounds, and smells of the moment. If that gives a family even a moment of peace, I've done my job.”
“This program is bigger than just the patients. It is for their families, and the staff that have dedicated their lives to providing the highest level of care. It has been an incredible opportunity to bring the community and the hospital together to directly affect the lives of our patients and families. We now witness families and patients that would normally be filled with the expected anxieties of some of the most difficult situations in life stopping and escaping into another world, distracted, for a time, from the stress that is understandable.”