Disney Party-Goers Paint Mural for a Local Hospital

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One of the many murals painted by groups and donated to hospitals through The Foundation for Hospital Art.

At this year’s IMEX, held October 18 to 20 in Las Vegas, an evening event with Disney Destinations at AquaKnox Restaurant at The Venetian gave guests a chance to grab a paintbrush and add their artistic touch to a mural of Peter Pan and the Darling family—Wendy, John and Michael—sailing through the night sky. The project was a donation to the Foundation for Hospital Art, whose mission is to create colorful, soothing pieces of artwork that it contributes to local hospitals. Since 1984, the nonprofit has painted over 44,000 works of art for more than 4,000 hospitals in 195 countries.

Known as “PaintFest Events,” they are easy to organize. The foundation draws the designs in advance and the client simply follows the color dots, almost like painting by the numbers. No artistic talent is required. Groups of a few people to a few thousand in teams can be accommodated and it usually takes between 90 minutes to two-and-a-half hours to finish a mural. For more information, contact hospitalart.org

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Barbara Scofidio is Editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In her 30 years in the industry, she has become known for her passion around greening meetings, growing awareness of human trafficking and promoting CSR activities as part of business events. She is currently a member of SITE's Women IN Leadership committee and the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee. She was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of SITE for 30 years, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. Before joining Prevue in 2014, she served as Editor of Corporate Meetings & Incentives (MeetingsNet) for more than 20 years. She has a BA in Literature/Rhetoric from Binghamton University. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.