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Monday, December 28, 2015

The Walking Gallery: Year 5

This is the fifth year of the Walking Gallery of Healthcare.  

We now number over 300 members walking around the world with patient story paintings on our backs. 
This "walking wall" is changing minds and opening hearts. 
We are attending medical conferences where often there isn’t a patient speaker on the dais or in the audience. We are providing a patient voice, and by doing so, are changing the conversation.

An artist or artists interviews medical professionals and lay individuals to form a patient centric narrative. The artist then creates representational imagery and paint that picture story upon the business jacket of the provider of the narrative account. The provider of the patient story aka “Walker” wears the jacket to medical conferences and events in order to disseminate the patient story to a large group of policy minded attendees and to represent the individual patient voice in venues where they are underrepresented. Further, both artist and walker will support the spread of the story and image via social media.

As of June 2016, 392 unique Walkers have joined the Gallery wearing 430 jackets.  The Gallery has representatives on five continents, but the majority of Walkers reside in the US. One artist creates the majority of the art, but new artists are frequently joining the movement.  The Gallery is promoted heavily on twitter, facebook and personal blogs.   Its widening appeal within the health conference community is creating a new space for patients at such events.

The names of the Artists of The Walking Gallery followed by the quantity of jackets they have painted:  
1. Regina Holliday, 372 jackets
2. Isaac Holliday, 1 jacket
3. Becca Price, 1 jacket
4. Miriam Cutelis, 1 jacket
5. Ess Lipczenko, 1 jacket
6. Ben Merrion, 1 jacket
7. Courtney Mazza, 8 jackets
8. Michele Banks, 1 jacket
9. Megan Mitchell,1 jacket
10. Robert J. Filley, 3 jackets
11. Anita Samarth, 1 jacket
12. Mary Welch Higgins, 2 jackets
13. Richard Sachs, 2 jackets
14. Jonah Daniel,  1 jacket
15. Fred Trotter, 1 jacket
16. Leela, 1 jacket
17. Gayle Schrier Smith, 1 jacket
18. Moira Simms, 1 jacket
19. Joan Holliday, 1 jacket
20. Adalyn, 1 jacket
21. Chris Chan, 1 jacket
22. Amy O'Hanlon, 1 jacket
23. Vera Rulon, 1 jacket
24. Jessica Nicula, 2 jackets
25. Nikai, 1 jacket
26. Deonm, 1 jacket
27. Daquane, 1 jacket
28. Olivia Dias, 1 jacket
29. Donnell Bonaparte, 1 jacket
30. Hazel F., 1 jacket
31. Rachel Fields, 1 jacket
32. Zoe Carr, 1 jacket
33. Thomas Richardson, 1 jacket
34. Tamela Mack, 1 jacket
35. Julia Anderson, 1 jacket
36. DJ Hamilton, 1 jacket
37. Jenn Toby, 1 jacket
38. Camala Walling, 1 jacket
39. Jordan Lanham, 1 jacket
40. Josh Miller, 1 jacket
41.  Te'j Matthews, 1 jacket
42.  Tony Zieger, 1 jacket
43.   Shannon Shine, 2 jackets
44.   Melody Smith Jones. 2 jacket
45.  Kay Seurat, 1 jacket 

For more information about joining the movement please scroll to the bottom of this post.

The Walking members who joined in Year Five:

430. "Family" a jacket for Mia Sampson

429. "Green Drops" a jacket for Leigh Anne Naas

428. "The Path to Patient Empowerment" painted by artist Kay Seurat for Jan Oldenburg

427. "Healthcare:Paddling up hill with a paddle" a Frances Grace

426. "Building this Bridge" a jacket for Bridget Duffy

425. "The Woman at the Well" a jacket for Bettina Experton

424."Coding for Humaity" a jacket for Randa Perkins painted by Melody Smith Jones

423. "Cellular Migration" a jacket for Deb Maskens

422. "Hands of Time" a jacket for Mary Dixon Drake


421. "Too Much Loss" a jacket for Kim Bock

420. "No Map for This" a jacket Bill Fisher

419. "Game Face" a jacket for Kendra Wickizer

418.  "Polypharmacy Pinball" a jacket for Cindy Fisher

417. "#50" a jacket for Brenda Foose 

416. "Targeted Therapy" a jacket for Wanda Cronrath

415. "The Side Show" a jacket for Aaron Smith

414."Using all the Colors in My Box" a jacket for Jenn Lonzer

413. "The Free One" a jacket for Francisco Grajales

412. "Winning the Science Fair" a jacket for Steph Hanzl

411. "V is for Victory'' a jacket for Glen Lanteigne

410. "Trees as Far as the Eyes Can See" a jacket worn and painted by artist Melody Smith Jones

409. "Falling Through the Cracks" a jacket for Mary Jo Shields

408. "Preconceived Notions Set in Stone" a jacket for Christine Kurtz

407. "I see clearly now" a jacket for Michael Bennick

406. "Determination" a jacket for Tamara StClaire 

405. "Too Many Saints" a jacket for Lori Etheridge Nerbonne

404. "This Final Song" a jacket for Robin Strongin

403."A Masters at Work" a jacket for Teresa Masters

402. "I Hear You" a jacket for Melissa Phipps 

401."The Ups and Downs, and Downs, and Downs" a jacket for Liz Boehm

400. "Data Flight" a jacket for Stacey Conklin

399. "This is my first rodeo." a jacket for Joe Lavelle

398. "DNR" a jacket for Brandon Jones

397. "Double Major" a jacket for Leslie Rott

396. "Healing this Wound" a jacket for Kenyon Crowley

395. "The Light Within" a jacket for Geri Lynn Baumblatt

394. "Concealing and Revealing" a jacket for Ramin Bastani

If you are interested in joining the Walking Gallery here is the info:

Here is a short film about the movement:

to understand the origin of the idea. to understand the sacred nature of this path

To view the jackets in year one 1-162

To view the jackets of year two 163-251

To view jackets of year three 252-328

To view jackets year four 329-393

The Rules of The Walking Gallery:  What you need to do to be a member: 

1.  Promise that you will wear this jacket to conferences and public events at least 2-3 times per year in order to spread awareness of the power of the patient voice.

2.  Send a business jacket. Please do not send jackets made of seersucker, corduroy, knit, denim, leather or stretch fabric, as they are hard to paint on. Absolutely do not send stretch fabric.  I cannot paint on stretch fabric, as the painting will shred.  You can check if a jacket is stretch by trying to pull at the fiber on the horizontal. Also this is a business jacket on purpose, we are painting on the “uniform” of the conference attendee.  Fabrics that work well are poly-blends, linen, cotton and wool. Also you might want to by a jacket a size larger than you usually do as the painting will stiffen the back and make it harder to close the buttons. 

3.  Tell me your life/patient story, your patient-centered concept that is the center of why you work in health and medicine. Please include personal details of your life so I can more fully realize your image.  You can tell me which story elements you do not wish to publicly disclose in text, but it does help to know the underlying experiences and conditions that are the source of your mission. Please send via email with some pictures if possible of yourself or the people in your story.  If you don't want to provide a picture, that’s okay, I have a vivid imagination.  Also please print it out and send with jacket so I can keep track of jackets and their stories.

4.  Artists can participate by painting their own jacket or another's or both.

5.  This movement is spread and organized through social media.  You will need to use twitter, Facebook, etc. to support the mission.  I am using Twitter hash tag to link us all together so please tweet about your jacket appearances under #TheWalkingGallery

6.  You are free to use the image in your own advocacy mission; I also retain the right to reproduce the image for advocacy purposes and write about your mission in areas you are comfortable with disclosing. 

7.  Donations are welcome to offset the cost of paint and shipping, but are not required and you cannot buy a jacket painting.  You are joining a movement and this is a sacred oath to walk the walk and spread the word.

Welcome to the Gallery.

Any questions?

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