Wellness Center Posts

Writing Workshop: Time Capsules

Writing Workshop: Time Capsules

Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) patients and caregivers are invited to join Writer in Residence Susan Sample for a time capsule writing workshop. Reflect on events in your life this past year and create stories for time capsules we’ll create. You can keep the time capsules or give them as gifts to family and friends. Come for as many or as few sessions as you’d like.

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Sparks to Share with Patients

Sparks to Share with Patients

Using moonlight gel pens on squares of black paper, nearly 70 people described what sparks their inspiration on posters at Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Hospital. Physicians and pharmacists, nurses and research technicians, caregivers and patients participated in the hospital-wide writing activity, taking their cue from the lyrics of Katy Perry’s song “Firework”: “You just gotta ignite the light and let it shine / Just own the night like the 4th of July / ‘Cause baby, you’re a firework!” The four colorful posters everyone created are being rotated through patient-care areas for the next several weeks.

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Expressing Life through Art

Expressing Life through Art

My Artist in Residence position at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) is something I never saw coming. I have always considered myself primarily a studio artist, but my trajectory as an artist shifted drastically when my father died suddenly in 2010. His death taught me a lot about grief and the value of life. I learned that it is tough to measure the importance of a person until he is gone, and that part of loving means accepting what is unlovable—that is, the experience of losing the person you love. For this reason, my father’s death was more traumatic to me then I could ever have anticipated, fundamentally changing the way I engaged in life and art.

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Venetian Masks with Our Artist in Residence

Venetian Masks with Our Artist in Residence

The Italian word "volto" translates as "face." These full-face masks were known as "citizen's masks" because they were originally worn by common people during the Carnival of Venice. By draping acrylic felt over a reusable form and using rice paste (a gluten-free mach& alternative) to stiffen, students create a sculptural mask that can be decorated with materials such as paint, glitter, feathers, and rhinestones.

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