The Art Connection has partnered with Sherrill House for over three years and has facilitated the placement of 60 works of original art that are meaningful and enjoyable to the people who look at it each and every day, thereby creating dialogue, healing, and relationships between residents, staff, families, and friends.
Sherrill House is a non-profit, skilled nursing home providing high-quality medical, nursing and rehabilitation services on an inpatient basis to men and women without distinction as to race, creed, color or national origin. In its concern for the individual, Sherrill House aims to be as broad and diverse as the needs of those it serves. With approximately 600 residents, this facility serves as a home both for frail elders and those of all ages who need rehabilitation.
As noted by Melissa Muccioli, director of community outreach and volunteers, “The Art Connection has made a huge impact on the lives of everyone at Sherrill House. The artwork gives the building the home-like cozy feeling that everyone loves. The beauty that emits from the placement of donated original artwork brings pleasure to residents, families, and staff alike on a daily basis. The artwork provides a perfect diversion from and a soothing counterpoint to the difficult medical situations and issues that are dealt with regularly within a nursing home. The art is a true inspiration for us all.”
The artwork placements have also been reported to have evoked an expressed desire by the residents to pursue their artistic interest. Sherrill House is currently pursuing ways to enhance their programming to meet this newly expressed need of the resident population.
Sherrill House will soon be hosting an reception and tour of their unique collection of original artwork acquired in conjunction with The Art Connection. The event will take place on Wednesday, June 10, 2009 between 5:30 – 7:30 pm at Sherrill House at 135 South Huntington Ave in Boston. Please email for more information.