Last spring, hundreds of UF Health staff, patients and visitors were inspired by 352Creates and took a five-minute creativity break to enjoy a hands-on project to recharge their creative spark. Nursing teams created coffee cup mandalas, patients and visitors drew on coloring sheets and faculty, staff and students wrote their ambitions on the “Before I Die” wall. This year, 352Creates again invites everyone to join in participatory art-making throughout the 352 area code in Gainesville and North Central Florida.
352Creates is a network of individuals, organizations and businesses united by the idea that creativity connects our community and makes us healthier and stronger. The organizing partners are UF Health, UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine and the Center for Arts in Medicine at the UF College of the Arts.
Each spring for the past two years, community-wide “pop-up” art activities and participation by individuals, groups, schools, libraries, hospitals and businesses as part of 352Creates have promoted health and community engagement in unexpected ways and in diverse locations.