PaintFest Canada makes a stop in Banff
The Art of Hope – painting for hospitals from Halifax to Vancouver
On Thursday, July 28, Banff Mineral Springs Hospital residents, staff, and volunteers painted two murals to give comfort and hope to those in care. The hospital was one of eight stops PaintFest is making across Canada this summer.
The murals are made of pre-stenciled tiles that are compiled and then hung in the hospital for all to see. The two murals will initially be hung in St. Martha’s Place, the continuing care area of Banff Minerals Springs Hospital, but may get moved around after awhile so other staff, visitors, and patients can enjoy them.
Photo: Resident William McCaffrey paints a tile for a mural at Banff Mineral Springs Hospital
The goal of PaintFest is to give comfort and hope to those who suffer in hospitals by providing artwork at no cost to hospitals. The project is funded by the Hammill Family Foundation and the Foundation for Hospital Art.
Since 1984, Hospital Art has touched people’s lives in over 3000 hospitals in 195 countries with PaintFests involving over 500,000 volunteers. Their Canadian summer tour started in Halifax July 15 and will end in Vancouver August 3. They are travelling cross-country on VIA rail.