ArtMobile: Art that Heals on Wheels
Is a visiting community-engaged arts and health program designed to reach under served populations in SW Arizona. The program provides weekly, participatory art classes to individuals who would not have the opportunity to engage in a creative experience. A vehicular mobile “art cart” (van), is used to transport an artist, art supplies and arts curriculum customized to the needs, interests and abilities of the targeted participants and partnering organizations. The program partners with various healthcare, community human service, art and city government organizations to facilitate art classes with participants of various ages, 4 -94 yrs old. The primary focus populations are individuals of various ages with mental and physical disabilities and older adults: independent still living in their homes, assisted living, memory support and long-term care centers. Group workshops include visual art, pottery, movement, and music along with individual sessions in bedside and in home art.
Artmobile also partners with health and community centers to design and build supportive healing environments for their facilities. "Tiles of Compassion" ceramic healing wall and "The Garden of Oasis" healing garden are two projects the program created with the patients, their families and staff at a community hospital and a long-term care facility in Arizona.
Aimed toward fostering lifelong learning, ArtMobile bridges quality participatory art classes into communities to promote personal creative expression, social inclusion, well-being and improved quality of life.