Artists Decorate Hospital ICUs to Inspire Healthcare Workers

Artists Decorate Hospital ICUs to Inspire Healthcare Workers

Our healthcare workers are straight-up heroes. They are putting it all on the line right now, working overtime with limited equipment. People around the world have been getting creative in showing their support. 

Every night in major cities around the world thousands join in to applaud, sing, flash their lights, and make noise however they can. 

Joining these tributes, a group of more than 70 artists are expressing their support and gratitude to medical workers with uplifting posters adorning the walls of Intensive Care Units’ (ICU) break rooms in hospitals around New York.

Elizabeth Jaeger, an artist, and Cady Chaplin, a nurse at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, started a campaign for artists to submit illustrations, paintings, and digital edits thanking healthcare workers.

As responses started pouring in, Jaeger set up a Google drive for artists to upload their posters and for hospital workers to easily download and print them. The Google folder now contains dozens of posters, and more are being added every day.

The word quickly spread to other hospitals across the globe, according to Jaeger. “People have messaged me they have shared the posters with other hospitals and nurses with strong positive feedback both around the USA and abroad,” she said.

The project, Jaeger said, is her way to battle the “feeling of helplessness” she’s experiencing during the quarantine. “My hope is that the posters bring some lightness to people going through hard days.”