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Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital receives grant from the William Penn Foundation in support of artists with disabilities

Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital December 3, 2013 News Releases

Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital is pleased to announce a $163,230 grant from the William Penn Foundation, whose philanthropy advances artistic, planning, management and financial capacities of the Greater Philadelphia region’s arts and cultural organizations to help sustain, grow, and diversify audiences. This 42-month grant, beginning in Jan. 2014, is the fourth grant the William Penn Foundation has awarded Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital in support of the Art Ability program.

“We are extremely grateful for the William Penn Foundation’s generosity and support of the Art Ability program,” says Donna Phillips, president, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, part of Main Line Health. “This grant will help create more unique opportunities for our artists to showcase their amazing work and artistic abilities in our communities.”

The funds awarded through this grant will help sustain and expand the program through the:

  • Development of an online gallery and website that will allow buyers to view and purchase works
  • Creation of satellite exhibitions with the help of a curator
  • Promotion of exhibitions and the development of the program via social media
  • Mentoring of artists as they gain the professional skills to compete in art shows unrelated to their physical or cognitive disability

“The Art Ability program presents artworks by artists who resist being categorized by their disabilities,” says Sherman Fleming, consulting curator, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital. “What’s more, this annual juried exhibition is one of few venues that not only emphasizes a full spectrum of artistic talent but also provides a fully accessible venue for all audiences to view and appreciate their work. Ultimately, Art Ability challenges us to look beyond our present moment in order to imagine our potential.”

Art Ability, which just kicked-off its 18th annual exhibition and sale, serves as a showcase for and celebration of artists with disabilities. Established in 1996, Art Ability includes the country’s largest international juried exhibition and sale of art and fine crafts created by artists with cognitive, physical, hearing and visual disabilities. This year’s 12-week exhibition features over 400 pieces of art by 215 artists from 31 states and nine foreign countries and includes works on paper, sculpture, photography, mixed media, jewelry, metalwork and more. The artworks will be on display throughout the corridors of Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, located at 414 Paoli Pike in Malvern, through January 26, 2014. The exhibition is free and open daily to the public from 9:00 am–5:00 pm. Artwork is available for purchase by calling the Art Ability Office at 484.596.5607.

“We are honored to once again award this grant to Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital on behalf of the Art Ability program,” says Olive Mosier, director of Arts Funding, Creative Communities, William Penn Foundation. “As part of our effort to expand our region’s arts and cultural programs, we know there will be many who benefit from this program’s mission.”

About Main Line Health

Founded in 1985, Main Line Health is a not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. Main Line Health’s commitment—to deliver advanced medicine to treat and cure disease while also playing an important role in prevention and disease management as well as training physicians and other health care providers—reflects our intent to keep our community and ourselves well ahead. A team of more than 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians care for patients throughout the Main Line Health system.

At Main Line Health’s core are four of the region’s most respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation’s recognized facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital.

The Main Line Health system also includes Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice, which includes skilled home health care, hospice and home infusion services; Main Line Health Centers, primary and specialty care, lab and radiology, and other outpatient services located in Broomall, Collegeville, Concordville, Exton and Newtown Square; Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a biomedical research organization; and Main Line HealthCare, one of the region’s largest multispecialty physician networks.

Main Line Health is the recipient of numerous awards for quality care and service, including System Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for nursing excellence, the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE) Excellence Award, and recognition as among the nation’s best employers by Forbes magazine. Main Line Health is committed to creating an environment of diversity, respect and inclusion and has proudly embraced the American Hospital Association’s #123forEquity Pledge to Act to eliminate disparities in care. We are dedicated to advancing patient-centered care, education and research to help our community stay healthy.

About Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital

Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, a member of Main Line Health, is a leader in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation. The 148-bed, not-for-profit hospital offers the full continuum of rehabilitation services, including acute inpatient care, as well as outpatient services for adults and adolescents. The range of illnesses and injuries treated at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital includes traumatic, mild traumatic and non-traumatic brain injury, stroke and other neurological disorders, spinal cord injury and amputee and orthopedic injuries and illnesses. In addition, Bryn Mawr Rehab provides rehabilitation services at convenient outpatient locations in the western suburbs of Philadelphia. The hospital has also achieved Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for excellence in nursing care.


Bridget Therriault
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