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Foundation Funds Artwork for New Mental Health Facility

Artwork in a variety of mediums will be used throughout the mental health facility, including the butterfly mural pictured in this rendering.

December 8, 2016

The Board of Directors of Children’s Hospital Foundation recently approved a $100,000 grant to purchase artwork for the new Virginia Treatment Center for Children (VTCC), which will open in the fall of 2017. The VTCC is the mental health arm of Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU and will be located on the hospital's Brook Road Campus. The facility provides inpatient acute care crisis stabilization and a full spectrum of outpatient mental health services for children and adolescents ages 3 through 17. The funds will be used to create a healing, therapeutic environment for the children being served and other visitors to the VTCC.

The early 1990s saw a new interest in therapeutic environments, which emphasized artwork that was intended to contribute decorative value while fostering a healing environment to patients within a medical environment. Art in healthcare facilities needs to be comforting and stress-reducing as research confirms the benefits of using the fine arts in the healing process can be quite broad. It can improve lives by helping people improve their mental, emotional, and even physical states.

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