50,000th Mural Celebration
The Foundation for Hospital Art recently celebrated the painting and donation of their 50,00th mural by partnering with the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute in Atlanta. Such a historic milestone could not pass without involving patients and staff from the hospital where the mission began. John Feight first painted at Northside Hospital in 1975, and since then, our mission has spread to over 7,500 hospitals across 195 countries, involving over one million volunteers and 1.5 million bottles of paint.
For this special occasion, John Feight, the Founder of the Foundation for Hospital Art, created a design that was inspired by the little girl that tapped him on the shoulder and asked to paint over 45 years ago. He wanted to go back in time and celebrate the famous jungle scene with a few updates and new additions. The mural was drawn across six canvases, and each canvas was painted by a cancer survivor who received treatment at Northside. One of the participants was Mona Fletcher, Northside Hospital Auxiliary President Elect. A large audience, including the six painting volunteers, joined a virtual video call where John Feight shared his experiences and memories of painting at Northside in 1975. As the cancer survivors painted their pieces of the mural, the current FFHA Executive Director, Scott Feight, discussed how the Foundation has expanded and spread since those early days.
“From the beginning, the Northside Auxiliary was right there with me. They took me “in” as one of theirs and supported the idea that art can love and give comfort when I left Scientific-Atlanta to start the Foundation for Hospital Art. I’m proud to be an honorary ‘auxiliary member’.”John Feight, Founder of Foundation for Hospital Art
The dream to transform hospitals into beautiful places for healing began at Northside Hospital and continues all around the world to this day.