THE INTERACTIVE ART CONNECTION

The Interactive Art Connection exists to enrich the lives of children and Bay Area communities through art. Focusing on improving the lives of hospitalized children by providing one-on-one instruction/attention, engaging their creative individuality while including them in hospital-community-wide art installations! This journey is a guided art adventure which instills confidence in children's artistic skills, exposure to the process/creation of art installations, and a sense of ownership/community connection within their hospital environment. We give the kids something new to explore when they've experienced/exhausted all the resources already made available to them. Modeled after our current project at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, we consult with hospital director’s/child life staff to make sure a number of things are accomplished: The primary goal being, through positive light-hearted engagement, we shift the children's thoughts from focusing on their physical challenges to a fun, time altering world of color and design. Through this process, also achieving real world/real life project experience while simultaneously installing a beautiful mural for all hospital staff, patients and visitors to enjoy. Our evidence of progress can be seen in the smiles on the children's faces and the words we've ecstatically received more than once "this is the funnest art project I've ever done!". The Tim Brauch Foundation through Scott Greathouse brings enthusiastic art action along with some much needed normalcy, no medical talk, only fun-filled engagement and upbeat art-learning conversation. Our process is tried and true. We know the difference we make, we have experienced the joy (which is a two-way street) and see the need for cool new things for kids to do. From short-stay to extended-stay, the need is there. It's our mission to fulfill this need.

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Says “Our first-string artist on the hospital front is Scotty Greathouse. Scotty is an accomplished artist out of Santa Cruz, CA who has completed work large and small throughout the Bay Area. Known by his peers for having a keen angle for collaboration and some amazingly fun new approaches for interactive art projects, working with children has been his main focus. His creative direction has made the Stanford interactive art project a hit with the kids due to employing his camera-projector, his mobile art-cart full of creative tools, his ever-so-present attention and plethora of acrylic paint pens (which the children find exotic) accompanied by positive new art techniques.”

 

The Interactive Art Connection has a second focus regarding another need we have discovered. Over the years we have found that public schools and certain underserved establishments have either extremely limited "environmental arts" budgets, or no budget at all. It's these public institutions, whose budgets are challenged, are the ones who need it the most. A pleasing environment and appealing aesthetic is essential for children's health and welfare. We bring custom artistic mural work into these communities list of can-do's. We know that a spirit-lifting, vibrantly-colored mural benefits the mental health of all who encounter it. Adding elements of nature and positivity to a scene full of graffiti-buffed beige makes a HUGE difference. We create murals that are interactive with the kids so they can share pride and ownership - while having the glow of creation's ability to say "I painted that!" or "I designed that!". We aim to inspire, empower and encourage! We are driven to expose as many kids as possible to art process and exploration!!

 

What's the connection with the Tim Brauch Foundation?

The Interactive Art Connection is comprised of artists/instructors who have spent either childhood days upon skateboards, or still ride today with full immersion in the skateboarding art community. Scotty Greathouse, for instance, was a dear friend of Tim's who always aligned with Tim's values and shared the same caring outlook for future generations. Some comparisons are that Tim always went out of his way for the kids, showing them how important they are by devoting QUALITY time to them, time that they deserve; Time spent that multiplies their sense of self-worth, knowledge base and creativity levels. Tim knew how important a simple hello, the gift of a sticker or just some respectful interaction was to the kids... and we pay the same responsibility forward. Tim was super into art, always drawing characters or scenery to express his thoughts, feelings and travels... Our mission is right alongside him there, always creating, always sharing the love and pure freedom that art provides. Tim spent some time dealing with doctors and hospitals when he was a kid, due to the diagnosis of his Wolf-Parkinson's condition; Scotty, who spearheaded our hospital presence, also spent time in the hospital when he was a kid (as a sibling recalling seemingly endless stays) due to his sister's rare leg disease. Both Tim and Scotty experienced the hospital atmosphere first hand, knowing that any fun thing thrown into the mix was an absolute treat and positive thought shifter. The happiness we have extended thus far, instills a drive in us that is beyond words. In closing, we think Tim would be stoked on the work that the Interactive Art Connection is doing with these kids and we sure are honored to be doing work in the name of GOOD through the Tim Brauch foundation. The focus we share is instrumental: enhancing the lives of children, adding positive experiences by meeting new art challenges with perseverance, individuality, creativity and integrity.