Children’s National Health System to House Art Exhibition “Light of Our Future” Starting in October September 14, 2016

Washington, DC – Creative and Therapeutic Arts Services (CTAS) at Children’s National Health System, in collaboration with Art Impact USA, is scheduled to house a three-month art exhibition open to patients, families, visitors, and staff. The "Light of Our Future" exhibition begins October 1, 2016, and runs through January 7, 2017. The schedule includes live musical performances, children’s book fairs, art workshops, and a benefit art auction. All events will be held at Children's National Health System, located at 111 Michigan Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20010. 

CTAS and Patient Experience teams at Children’s National have provided programming to patients, families, and staff since 1978. The small but dedicated team of trained professionals works to foster an atmosphere of empowerment and support for their inpatients, outpatients, and their families. The team offers colorful creative choices, soothing sounds, imaginative opportunities, and inviting galleries and exhibits. 

“We are thrilled to host such a colorful and diverse exhibit that will empower our patients and their families through creativity – which is the atmosphere that we strive for,” said CTAS gallery and exhibit coordinator Greg Scott.” 

The goal of the CTAS program is to combine the healing power of art, art therapy, therapeutic music, harp therapy, animal visitations, and performing arts to help patients heal, assist patients with their pain and symptom relief, empower self-awareness and emotional expression for coping skills, ease anxiety, provide a creative outlet for depressed patients, and enhance family and social relationships. With a focus on healing, health, and joy, “Light of Our Future” aims to de-stress as well as entertain everyone.

“The youth of today are the light of our future. Young patients and their families need brightened spirits, hearts, and minds. The artists and musicians use their talents to produce work that inspires the children to have hope, encourage their healing, and present reasons for them to continue to grow stronger,” said Carolyn Goodridge, Executive Director of Art Impact USA.  

Art Impact USA invited artists, musicians, writers, therapeutic art teachers, and sponsors to join in making “Light of Our Future” an uplifting success. To learn more about the artists, view a list of events, and to register for the opening reception, visit

Contact: Leah Parker at 202-476-4500

About Art Impact USA
Art Impact USA is a Washington DC non-profit organization with offices also in Virginia, and New York.  They are dedicated to cultivating the careers of artists so the light of their creativity continues to grow strong, inspiring others.  AIUSA emboldens an enriched world community through support of its multi-cultural, multi-national artists.  Now one year old, the organization serves over 1600 artists in sixteen different countries, including Brazil, China, Greece, Guyana, Jamaica, India, Italy, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Serbia, St. Lucia, Togo, Trinidad & Tobago, and Crow Nation, USA!  By creating synergistic relationships with corporations, non-profits, hospitals, embassies and artists around the world, AIUSA establishes needed opportunities for artists to exhibit their art and shine their light.  The organization offers free training programs and various exhibition opportunities.  These enable artists to grow, promote and shine the light of their creativity to benefit humanity, inspire communities and their leaders for the good of our nation and the world at large.  For more information visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Children’s National Health System

Children’s National Health System, based in Washington, DC, has been serving the nation’s children since 1870. Children’s National is ranked in the top 20 in every specialty evaluated by U.S. News & World Report; one of only four children’s hospitals in the nation to earn this distinction. Designated a Leapfrog Group Top Hospital and a two-time recipient of Magnet® status, this pediatric academic health system offers expert care through a convenient, community-based primary care network and specialty outpatient centers. Home to the Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is one of the nation’s top NIH-funded pediatric institutions. Children’s National is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as a strong voice for children through advocacy at the local, regional and national levels. For more information, visit, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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