Sanford Health has implemented an arts program in their facilities to serve as a “Journey of Healing in the Arts”. Local artists collaborate with patients in an effort to enhance each visit during their stay at the hospital. The program offers many opportunities for patients, caregivers and staff to participate in art making activities. Participants of all ages are welcome to join.
In partnership with the South Dakota Arts Council, Sanford Arts is able to provide residencies for local professional artists. Additionally, student artists from surrounding universities carry out internships in the Sanford Cancer Center. This Thursday, September 4, in the Kirby Lobby, these interns will show off their completed work for the summer at the Sanford Arts Intern-all Perspective Exhibit.
The exhibit will include work by the selected student artists; Lauren Anderson, Anh Ta, Megan Stuart, and FaTima B. Malik. It will also include art by South Dakota Arts Council artists, patients, family members, and staff. Refreshments will be served and the artists will be on site to discuss the processes that created the works. The public is encouraged to attend and witness difference creativity has made during the treatment process.
I wish I could go to this event, however I’m currently blogging from California and will be until this Saturday. It is also why my normal Tuesday post is on Wednesday. There is also a FANTASTIC First Friday that I will be missing. Hopefully everyone will get a chance to go for me; Especially to places like Cliff Hangers Gallery, Frislie’s Art in the Alley Way or visit Sioux Falls Design Center for PechaKucha. Luckily, I will get to go to Frislie’s on Saturday for the second day of Art in the Alley Way. Please go out and soak up the last bit of summer! I will keep finding things to do for my own sake and yours. It’s my way of adventuring around and about Sioux Falls. 
Allyson Bousema is weekly blogger for Jam. She hopes to make people more aware of local art events in Sioux Falls. She is also a graphic designer and production manager at Mathison’s in Sioux Falls. She’s a born and raised Iowa farm girl, but has called Sioux Falls her home for the past 10 years.