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Children “Making a Mark” at Hobby Airport


August 6, 2014




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Cade (7) from Tomball, TX sends a "Postcard from the Road" to a young artist receiving treatment at Texas Children's Cancer and Hematology Center.
 
On-the-go travelers at William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) are stopping in their tracks to view a heart-warming art exhibit and creative writing project. Presented by the Periwinkle Foundation, the artists behind the “Making a Mark” exhibit are children at the Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers who are touched by cancer and blood disorders.

The unique program takes place in the waiting area and infusion area of the Cancer and Hematology Centers, giving cancer patients and their siblings something to look forward to when coming in for treatment. The collection focuses on the personal issues that surround childhood illness as expressed by the children themselves. Each piece of art includes a special message from the creator on how art has impacted their life, allowing them to inspire others through their journey.

“Hobby Airport has hosted this inspirational exhibit for the past seven years, and it is one of my personal favorites,” said Pam Ingersoll, Public Art Program Director for HAS. “The exhibit features more than 330 pieces and represents six countries including the United States, Peru, Brazil, Kuwait, Croatia and Poland.”

An added feature to this exhibit allows passengers flying through Hobby Airport to send a “Post Card from the Road,” where they can write a note of encouragement to the artist and explain why their piece stood out. Children rarely receive mail, and they are delighted to receive notes from around the world. In the past two months, passengers at Hobby have written more than 4,000 notes.

The display is currently on exhibit at Hobby and will close later this summer.

For more information or to make a donation, please visit www.periwinklefoundation.org.
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