Nassau University Medical Center to Unveil Art Installation By Special Needs Artists

September 19, 2017 | Press

NUMC to Have Artwork on Permanent Exhibit

Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC), a 530-bed tertiary-care teaching hospital that has been the primary source of medical care for millions of Nassau County residents since 1935, will unveil the work of differently-abled artists from Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE). This will be the first showing of what will be a permanently rotating exhibition of gallery level artworks.  The artists will be honored at an installation ceremony and reception, hosted by NUMC and FREE, on Tuesday, September 26th, beginning at 10:30 a.m., at 2201 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow, NY 11554.

September 26, 2017
10:30 a.m.

Ophthalmology Clinic
2201 Hempstead Turnpike
East Meadow, NY 11554 

***Great visuals as representatives from NUMC, FREE, and the artists themselves will be available to discuss the collaboration. ***

NUMC and FREE are pleased to announce their collaboration with this art exhibit created by the artists at FREE. This is a permanent rotating exhibit that will be changed quarterly.  The first collection on display is called “The Good Earth”, a collection of multimedia collages, created by individuals with Autism and other Special Needs, participating in Fine Art and Art Therapy programs at FREE.

The Sun, Wind, Rain and Earth are the four elements interpreted by the artists to create their original works of art. Painting combined with multidimensional collage work characterizes the unique depth of spiritual expression presented, with a center portal in each piece intended to channel the light.

The imagery you see reflects Art Therapy interventions first implemented over three years ago. Originally introduced as Chaos and Containment, two separate artistic expressions of the feelings of chaotic emotional turmoil and the subsequent expression of containing this turmoil…. we are now thrilled to share the fourth phase of integration of these two inner states, brought together in one coherent, organized, multidimensional expression reflecting a powerful step on the road towards self-regulation, balance and control. This expression of the consciousness of our artists (and entire world) is channeling the idea of withstanding the incredible depth of anxieties, depression and worry through the Art Therapy intervention and assisting us all in our quest for understanding, hope and peace.

Over the years, much has been written about the power of art for healing and communication, as well as the benefits for individuals who may find it difficult to express their thoughts and feelings through spoken words alone. The images on view are a testament to this power, as FREE’s artists have focused on and touched feelings of safety, trust, understanding and love, creating an opportunity to send their message out into our world.

All are encouraged to view the works and perhaps purchase a piece.  The proceeds of sales go towards supporting the artist and their program.

About NuHealth
NuHealth is a Long Island health care organization delivering essential medical care and disease and lifestyle management to everyone at every stage of life.  Also known as Nassau Health Care Corporation, NuHealth is a public benefit corporation managing the operations of Nassau Medical Center, A. Holly Patterson Extended Care and a network of Family Health Centers that bring primary and specialty care out into the community.  By emphasizing wellness, cultural sensitivity and collaborative efforts with the North Shore-LIJ Health System, NuHealth is working to make good care more affordable and easier to access. For more information about NuHealth or its Centers of Care, visit

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