It's a prescription for happiness.

By Stephanie Sisco
Updated April 14, 2017
Christopher Burke

RxArt is a national nonprofit organization that commissions world-renowned artists to transform and uplift sterile hospital spaces. Over the past 16 years, contemporary artists like Jeff Koons, Keith Haring, and José Parlá have partnered with the organization to complete 34 projects in 27 hospitals in the United States (and will be soon working in Canada, too). Each art project is considered a long-term loan to the location and RxArt oversees it every step of the way.

Many of the sites the nonprofit has been able to help have been children’s hospitals. The President and CEO of St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children, Dr. Eddie Simpser, said about RxArt: “Art plays a vital role in the healing process. Medically complex children who are exposed to the arts are able to free their imaginations from the constraints imposed by physical limitations. [These installations] provide inspiration and cheer to [the] patients, their families, and the entire staff.”

The organization's latest endeavor is the RxArt Arts Education program, which gives patients and their families the opportunity for creative outlet in an attempt to give them a small escape from their current situation.

In an effort to support their future hospital transformation projects, the program sells products like contemporary artist coloring books, limited edition puzzles and art pieces, and even designer wrapping paper.

From waiting areas to radiology rooms, RxArt has added a livelier touch to traditionally bleak spaces in order to add a bright spot in the patients’ day. Find out how you can get involved at