MOCA Jacksonville hosts 12th Year of What Lifts You Up Presents the Work of 16 Young Patient Artists

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MOCA Jacksonville is pleased to announce the new exhibition What Lifts You Up, in partnership with Art with a Heart in Healthcare. The exhibition is on view September 11, at 2 p.m. through January 8, 2023.

What Lifts You Up features the work of 16 young artists who are patients at local hospitals.

For more than a decade, MOCA Jacksonville has partnered with Art with a Heart in Healthcare, a nonprofit organization that provides personalized art experiences to enhance the healing process for patients and families at Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Nemours Children’s Specialty Clinic, St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Mayo Clinic, and Baptist Medical Center.


The teams at Art with a Heart in Healthcare and MOCA Jacksonville work together each year to develop a unique patient art exhibition based on a prompt or question that inspires imagination, artistry, and individual expression amongst young patients, who work under the guidance of an Artist-in-Residence.

“In addition to the benefits each patient artist gleans from engaging in artistic exploration, they are able to build a sense of accomplishment, pride, and meaning by having their artwork on display within a museum space,” states Christy Ponder, Executive Director and Artist-in-Residence for Art with a Heart in Healthcare.

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Over the years, the program has developed different themes to encourage more than 100,000 patients to express themselves through art. They are empowered to gain technical art-making and creative skills, while learning to articulate their feelings, ideas, and experiences.

The experience empowers patients to celebrate and explore the artistic process, while gaining self-confidence and self-awareness.

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“MOCA Jacksonville is a proud partner of Art with a Heart in Healthcare and its work to transform the healthcare experiences of young patients through the power of creative expression,” says Caitlín Doherty, Executive Director of MOCA Jacksonville.

“The creation of art has a unique ability to help people see their world in new ways, to process their experiences, and to share those experiences with others, especially during difficult or stressful times.”

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