First Healing Arts fundraiser generates more than financial support

ART PROJECT: Art While You Wait artist Suzanne Duquette works with Shiloh Neals, left, and Samona Neals at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, a division of Rhode Island Hospital. The program leads kids through art projects in hospital and emergency waiting rooms. / COURTESY ­HASBRO ­CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
Private donors have long fueled the bulk of the Rhode Island Hospital Healing Arts programs’ efforts to ease hospital and emergency room visits through creative expression with funding subject to individual finances, but the recent inaugural Healing Arts Inspire 2017 fundraiser holds the promise of regular support. “It’s the first one we’ve ever done for…

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