NYC Health + Hospitals Unveils New Community Mural

Telling the Hospital Story: NYC Health + Hospitals team in front of Chromatic Symphony of Greater Harlem

NYC Health + Hospitals understands that the path to healing comes in many forms, including art.

The health system has sponsored the creation of nine public space murals across the city, including its most recent, titled “Chromatic Symphony of Greater Harlem,” that are spearheaded by Brooklyn-based artist Ji Yong Kim through a series of focus groups with community members, staff and patients and brought to life at a paint party where the community was invited to paint the mural together.

The Community Mural Project creates opportunities for hospital staff to collaborate with each other and with neighbors, relieve stress, and enhance the physical environment of the facilities.

The project’s latest mural spotlights the dedicated hospital workers and the richness of Latin culture in the neighborhood, celebrating the community’s heritage, achievements and struggles and highlighting their profound contributions to various facets of life, including art, music, literature, politics, and social justice.

NYC Health + Hospitals’ Community Mural Project is believed to be the country’s largest public hospital mural program since the 1930s. Collectively, the murals are featured in a new book, Healing Walls: New York City Health + Hospitals Community Mural Project 2019-2021.

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