Art for Healing Foundation

The Montreal-based Art for Healing Foundation is dedicated to bringing the healing power of art and art education to hospitals, hospices, and shelters and to improving the welfare of health care givers and patients. Since 2003, the Foundation has installed over 2,500 works of art in 31 Montreal area hospitals and centres, and supported exhibitions in hospitals in Toronto and St. John's, Newfoundland. In addition to hanging individual works, the Foundation has also created several galleries of works in health facilities, that include biographical text to convey the principal accomplishments and contributions of the artist displayed. The intention is to create greater awareness of the artists behind the works and the importance of art "as an expression of our humanity." In 2006, a gallery of 30 works was created by the Special Needs Department artists of the Saidye Bronfman School of Fine Arts for the Yaldei Developmental Center in the Queen Elizabeth Health Complex in Montreal. The Art Is installation in Montreal Children's Hospital is used as a therapeutic tool by the Art Therapy Department in the treatment of children and teens dealing with sexual and drug abuse and other emotional and physical health issues.