Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital Open House to Showcase Student Art Contest
In West Michigan, art has become a staple in the local culture. While evoking emotions and feelings, creating and enjoying art also promotes healing and offers many evidence-based benefits.
For more than 16 years, Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital has partnered with local schools to hold its annual Student Art Contest. To celebrate and showcase the artists’ accomplishments and award-winning art, the hospital will host an open house on Friday, February 15, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the DeWitt Building located on the hospital’s campus. This is a public event and community members are invited to view the artwork and enjoy refreshments.
“This event empowers our local youth to embrace their talents and rewards the courage to display their personal creations,” said Heather Lopez, event specialist, Zeeland Community Hospital. “We have gifted art teachers and student artists in this area. We appreciate the enthusiasm and support of the schools, as well as the support of Zeeland Hardware, who assists with framing of the winning middle school art pieces.”
Young artists who are in third through eighth grade at local schools have the opportunity to compete in this annual contest. School art teachers will submit the top three pieces from each grade; judges then determine first, second and third place honors for each grade per school. The contest also awards a “best in show” winner. The artwork of the first place winners for the middle school grades will be professionally matted and displayed at the hospital for one year. All artists will receive a ribbon.
For more information about the art contest, contact Heather Lopez at 616.748.2832.
Spectrum Health, a not-for-profit, integrated health system, is committed to improving the health and wellness of our communities. We live our mission every day with 31,000 compassionate professionals, 4,200 medical staff experts, 3,200 committed volunteers and a health plan serving 1 million members. Our talented physicians and caregivers are privileged to offer a full continuum of care and wellness services to our communities through 14 hospitals, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, 230 ambulatory sites and telehealth offerings. We pursue health care solutions for today and tomorrow that diversify our offerings. Locally-governed and based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, our health system provided $459 million in community benefit in the last fiscal year. Thanks to the generosity of our communities, we received $30 million in philanthropy in the most recent fiscal year to support research, academics, innovation and clinical care. Spectrum Health has been recognized as one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics®, part of IBM Watson HealthTM.