Gift of art inspires residents of MWI homes
Residents at a Sandys group home were all smiles yesterday as they were given framed photographs courtesy of Clarien Bank and the Bermuda National Gallery.
Around 30 pieces, most of which were taken by Scott Stallard and Roland Skinner, will be donated to the Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute’s 14 group homes throughout the island.
Clarien and BNG delivered pictures to MWI’s George’s Bay Road residence yesterday and more photographs will be given to the other homes in the coming weeks.
One resident, Mondell Scott, fell in love with a photograph of longtails.
MWI asked Peter Lapsley, executive director of BNG, for some artwork as a way to create a more positive environment at the homes.
According to Mr Lapsley, this created a perfect opportunity for the gallery to showcase its work while also giving back to the community. The pictures came from Clarien Bank’s collection.
He said: “It also speaks to mindfulness and wellness, which the arts can also speak to, so we are thrilled to be partnering with Clarien on this.”
Michael DeCouto, executive vice-president and chief digital and marketing officer at Clarien, said: “This initiative was a natural extension of our broader partnership with the Bermuda National Gallery to incorporate the arts into our employee and client experience.
“We are pleased to be able to donate these additional pieces of art to MWI and their assisted living programme, where they will bring added stimulation and comfort to residents in their homes.”
MWI’s deputy chief executive officer Scott Pearman said the pieces would help residents at the homes enjoy a more normal living experience.
He explained: “This artwork will be greatly enjoyed by the 65 intellectual disability clients who live across Bermuda in group homes and is greatly appreciated by our staff, who are passionate and tireless advocates for those in their care.
“This donation truly makes a difference in so many lives; thank you.”
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