The Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre (SRC) hosted an Art Exhibition and Auction on Thursday April 21st as a part of its Occupational Therapy Month, showcasing the talent and creativity of clients participating in the Creative Recovery Program. Art pieces were offered for purchase via an auction process with the objective to raise funds to enhance the art therapy services at Sandilands. Minister of Youth Sports & Culture, the Hon. Mario Bowleg observed, “Today, with this exhibit we are celebrating the creative spirit of clients and staff of this institution and supporting the emotional and spiritual wellness that helps to build a healing foundation for therapy, rehabilitation, and recovery.”
He further stated, “I am excited by Sandilands’ long history of embracing arts, culture, and recreational sports as essential elements of its therapeutic environment. The wholistic approach to care is evident in the layout and design of the institution’s campus and the diversity of activities and experiences provided to patients and staff.”
In her welcome address to those attending the exhibition, Acting Hospital Administrator SRC, Ms. Jessica Cartwright spoke to the importance of having attendees view the creative works prepared by the clients.
“Imagine the pride, the sense of accomplishment, felt by the client knowing that their creative efforts are the reason we come together at today’s event. That sense of pride is only strengthened because many of you have donated your time, talent, and treasures to building the Creative Recovery Program at Sandilands, and now you are here viewing the dreams, aspirations and vision of these clients come to life.”
PHA Deputy Managing Director, Keva Thompson, expressed the Authority’s gratitude to those who assist the institution with art therapy. “I would also wish to express PHA’s gratitude to the artists and volunteers who assist the OT team here at Sandilands with the Creative Recovery Program.” She further said, “The Authority certainly endorses the incredible role artists and others have played as teachers and
advisors to the program, but also as promoters and advocates for art therapy.”
Also in attendance at the exhibition were Minister of Transport and Housing, the Hon. JoBeth Coleby- Davis and Minister of State for the Public Service, the Hon Pia Glover-Rolle, Ambassadors at Large Ron Pinder, Jamaal Rolle, and Nicholas Symonette, Curator, Central Bank of the Bahamas Mr. Ulrich Voges and other artists, clergy and community leaders.
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