FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 6, 2022
Contact: Tim Schaffer, Communications Coordinator
Tel. (607) 547-4775 | timothy.schaffer@bassett.org

Cooperstown, N.Y. – Patients, visitors and caregivers at Bassett Medical Center (BMC) are invited to step into the dreams of local artists through an art exhibit recently installed in the BMC cafeteria. “What’s in a Dream?” is an array of square tiles, each contributed by a student, resident or staff member of Springbrook in Oneonta. Together they form a unified, mosaic-like pattern spanning the northeast wall of the dining area.

As the installation’s name implies, each mini-composition is a peek into its creator’s dreams. The full gambit of dreams are included—sleeping dreams, daydreams, personal longings, or aspirations for the future. Some squares depict a scene or image. Others include words, phrases or icons. Still others are an abstract mix of paint or multimedia.

The project is part of Bassett’s ongoing interest in incorporating the arts into health care. “Collaborating with Springbrook is mutually beneficial for both Springbrook and Bassett Medical Center,” explains Gerald Paciello, manager spiritual care and volunteer services as well as chair of BMC’s arts in health committee. “The Springbrook students receive the opportunity to share their gifts and talents with others. And our hospital community benefits from their art. Their creative expressions have a direct effect on us, uplifting our holistic wellbeing. And this collaboration also connects us with our local community and celebrates diversity.”

This has also been a valuable experience for the creative participants at Springbrook. “When we asked the community of residents, students, and staff across Springbrook to share their dreams for this collaborative project, every person brought their best,” says Kira DeLanoy, Springbrook’s director of marketing and public relations. “This is exemplified when the panels are brought together and showcased. The final work illustrates the power of unity and perseverance of the Springbrook community and the people that we support. We are grateful to everyone who participated in this project and to Bassett Healthcare Network for sharing these dreams with the wider community.”

Springbrook is the leader in providing supports and services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Its community proudly supports over 1,300 people and their families from across New York State and beyond. In its work at school, in local communities, and in homes, Springbrook strives to create a comprehensive learning experience that makes every day a chance to discover, build, and grow.

“What’s in a Dream?” will be on display through the end of the summer.

To learn more about the field of Arts in Health, visit the National Organization for Arts in Health website.

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About Bassett Healthcare Network
Bassett Healthcare Network is an integrated health system that provides care and services to people living in a 5,600 square mile region in upstate New York. The organization includes five corporately affiliated hospitals, over two dozen community-based health centers, more than 20 school-based health centers, two skilled nursing facilities, and other health partners in related fields. To learn more about services available throughout the Bassett Healthcare Network, visit www.bassett.org. Follow Bassett on Facebook at facebook.com/Bassett.Network.

 

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