The Art of Healing

March 31 – May 26, 2017

The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach presents The Art of Healing Exhibition.  An exhibition celebrating the healing effects of the arts through music, art making and art interpretation.  The exhibition will showcase children’s work from Art with a Heart in Healthcare, body painting portraits from Heather Aguilera’s Living Art Project, and Pablo Rivera’s photos of Sound Connections, the Cultural Center’s music therapy program for children with special abilities.   

Sound Connections:  Cultural Center’s Music Therapy Program 

Pablo Rivera, well known Jacksonville photographer, has eloquently captured the beautiful faces of children from the Cultural Center’s music therapy program, Sound Connections.  The Sound Connections program uses music as a therapeutic tool to improve life skills for those children with special abilities.  This vital program has been a major educational component in the St. Johns School System for over ten years thanks to the Cultural Center. For the last ten years, over $500,000 has been raised through the Cultural Center to support the cost of staffing two certified music therapists, purchasing adaptive equipment, and managing the efficacy of the program. This exhibition will capture the powerful process of the healing arts and how it’s used to improve the physical, mental and emotional well-being of children in need.  Sound Connections is located in four public schools and provides free therapeutic services to over 200 children a year.  

Heather’s Living Art

This project is to exhibit the transformational healing art of body painting by Heather Aguilera, with participants facing a variety of life/health challenges. The process of helping to heal through vibrant art applied to the body will be highlighted and shared with the community at the Cultural Center. One of the seven portraits include Alex, a young man diagnosed at 2 years old with an autoimmune diseases called Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis, which attacks the bile ducts that lead from the liver, and eventually cause liver failure. Alex’ portrait represents an Infinite Universe. Through Heather’s vision, Alex’s many scars became part of his Universe, his Medi-port became a planet, and his new liver, “The Gift of Life” through a transplant, became the largest glowing planet of all. 

The body was will be photographed by Addison Fitzgerald and exhibited along with the life stories and experiences shared by selected participants that are on the journey to heal.

Inside the Outline: Art with a Heart in Healthcare 

Inside the Outline presents a contemporary approach on a century-old technique.

Art with a Heart is a nonprofit that provides personalized fine art experiences to enhance the healing process for patients and families at Wolfson Children's Hospital and many more healthcare facilities in Jacksonville. For this exhibition, each artist started with a question, “What makes you happy?” To answer this question, patients render their likenesses in the form of silhouettes. Painted on canvases, patients delve into their inner psyches to express their personalities, stories, and identities in two-dimensional form. Patients partner with an artist-in-residence who helps bring out their natural talents and expands their art-making skills while promoting self-confidence and self-awareness during their hospital experience. 

Held at the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach. Free and open to the public.
Art of Healing Exhibition Sponsored in part by: 
Tourist Development Council of St. Johns County 
Reddi Arts
Florida Cultural Affairs
Visit Florida
PLAYERS Championship

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Phone: (904) 280-0614

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