LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ / Press Release) – Given the critical importance of pediatric mental health to the overall health and well-being of children and adolescents, Maryhurst, First Lady Britainy Beshear and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue shield have
gathered to help young women heal, reflect and express themselves through art.
Longtime Kentucky children’s advocate and former Maryhurst board member, First Lady Beshear joined Maryhurst student artists to discuss their works in a holiday art gallery and a series of unique paintings made possible by a grant from Anthem. Maryhurst counselors facilitated the art workshops as part of its Residential Program, a therapeutic environment on campus where young survivors of abuse live, receive therapy, and prepare for foster care or independence.
“It’s heartening to see organizations like Anthem supporting a cause so important to the Commonwealth – and one that is close to my heart,” said First Lady Beshear. “The Maryhurst Holiday Art Gallery is an inspiring example of how art can be transformative. The artistic process has the power to heal us and connect us during the most difficult times, allowing us to find hope and strength in community.
In addition to the gallery, and as part of their continued commitment and support for mental and behavioral health in Kentucky, Anthem has donated $ 10,000 to Maryhurst’s existing arts program, including future projects in therapeutic art, outdoor facilities and all relevant artistic material.
“At Anthem, we recognize and understand the vital role mental health plays in ensuring that young people reach critical developmental and emotional milestones,” said Leon Lamoreaux, president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Medicaid in Kentucky. “As part of our continued commitment to improve overall health outcomes for individuals and families across the Commonwealth, we are pleased to provide the courageous young women of Maryhurst with a creative outlet to express their emotions and feelings on their way. towards a better and healthier future.
The theme of this year’s painting, “grateful for what I’ve been through, proud of where I’m going,” illustrates the hardships of the past year and hope for the future.
“At Maryhurst, we strive to equip our daughters with the tools to heal and lead successful, independent lives,” said Paula Garner, CEO of Maryhurst. “Giving these young women an outlet that inspires passion will help inspire them, empower them and restore hope that will extend to many areas of their lives and adulthood. “
Maryhurst’s work will be on display at her Dorsey Lane campus until the end of the year. The Maryhurst Gallery is viewable by invitation only.