REHAB Hospital of the Pacific: Healing through art
Healing people through art. The Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific celebrated the 25th anniversary of it's Creative Arts Program, by unveiling a mural done by some of it's patients. Double amputee survivor, Peter Jones, says artwork helped him survive.
Healing, through art.
The Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific celebrated the 25th anniversary of it's Creative Arts Program on Wednesday, by unveiling a mural done by some of it's patients.
Double amputee survivor, Peter Jones, says artwork has helped him survive.
The hair stylist and makeup artist lost both of his legs last year due to advanced diabetic problems.
Unable to walk on his own, Jones says he struggled to go on.
"It was earth shattering for me, trying to find a reason for continuing on. How do I live?" explained Jones. "I realized that I'm not defined by my body. That I'm the spirit within."
He says the Creative Arts Program at the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific helped him realize that.
"It'll take me a while to get back on to my prosthetic legs to stand again. But, this program has enabled me to incorporate my artistic background because I love to do art," said Jones.
The program, helps patients rehab in the form of art.
"The Creative Arts Program provides a unique environment for those who are recovering from a physical or cognitive injury or disability," explained Melissa Mullen, Patient Experiences Manager at Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific.
A mural unveiling in the hospital's cafeteria, comprised of 30 patient's artwork, marked the celebration of helping over 10,000 patients over the past 25 years.
Jones says, he's inspired by his fellow artists.
"It's incredible the bond you create with other patient's and listening to their stories," said Jones.
Jones' mural piece, a pink ribbon on a background of clouds, inspired by Stevie Wonder's song, 'Ribbon In the Sky'.
"The great thing is, is that even though it's all individual, when it's put together it's a great symbol and representation of our Creative Arts Program," explained Mullen.
"Doing the artwork allows me to let me spirit flow. There it is in a painting. It's a blessing," said Jones.