WINDSOR, VT – Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center, a nonprofit community hospital, held an open house to exhibit the work of students in the Seeing With New Eyes program on December 11th. The event provided an opportunity for those with spinal cord injury and other disabilities to showcase their artistic skills in a social setting. Seeing With New Eyes is a program created by Carla Kimball, a local photographer. The course was presented by VSA Vermont, the State Organization on Arts and Disabilities, and funded by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.
The Seeing With New Eyes program offers students a new way to share their journey and artistic voice through photography. Led by Carla Kimball and assisted by Michael Denmeade, Recreational Therapist for the Hospital, this course gave students an opportunity to view life a little differently— through their unique perspectives and by using a camera. During the open house, each student displayed four prints in the hallways of Mt. Ascutney Hospital and spoke with visitors about their photographic journey. In addition, a running slideshow featured additional pictures taken by the students.
“This group of students is the first to take this photography class in a hospital setting, and we are honored to share our space to showcase their wonderful work,” stated CEO of Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center, Kevin W. Donovan. “VSA has a longstanding reputation of giving back to the State of Vermont; The Reeve Foundation is so generous in helping those in need. We are grateful to align ourselves with such wonderful organizations that hold values so similar to our own.”
The exhibit is on display in the main corridor through December 18th.
About Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center
Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center is a recipient of the national and prestigious Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Service, one of the most esteemed awards in healthcare. Founded in 1933, Mt. Ascutney Hospital is a critical access hospital in Windsor, VT and features 25 inpatient, medical-surgical beds, a renowned, 10-bed inpatient rehabilitation unit and a 25-bed, 5-star award-winning Skilled Nursing Facility. For more information visit http://www.mtascutneyhospital.org/.
About Carla Kimball, M.A., M.B.A., Photography Instructor
Carla developed her skills as a photographer by posting to a daily photo blog for the last four years. As an outgrowth of this daily practice, she has developed her six week course “Seeing with New Eyes” to help others develop their own photographic aesthetic. Carla teaches this photography course in avariety of settings in the Upper Valley and has a strong commitment to bring photography and photographic storytelling into the health care setting as a way to promote healing. To learn more about her photography, visit her photo blog at www.revealedpresence.com.
About VSA Vermont
VSA Vermont is a not-for-profit arts and education organization, dedicated to making the world of the arts accessible to Vermonters of all abilities. Founded in 1986, VSA Vermont is a member of the international network of VSA, an affiliate of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Each year, VSA Vermont presents inclusive arts and education programs for Vermonters of all ages at more than 60 separate sites in Vermont. To learn more visit www.vsavt.org
About the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy. For more information, and to review the entire list of Quality of Life grant recipients, please visit www.ChristopherReeve.org or call 800-225-0292.
Photo Attached Courtesy Of Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (Left To Right)
Mary Mayette, Seeing With New Eyes Participant- West River Junction, Vermont