A Collection of Caregivers’ Expressions on Mental Wellness

Have you ever been a caregiver for a loved one or someone else’s family? Do you have artwork that tells a story of compassion, resilience, and self-care? If so, we invite you to participate in our upcoming community exhibition, Healing Hands: Caregivers’ Expressions on Mental Wellness.

About Healing Hands

Healing Hands is a community art exhibition showcasing art pieces illuminating caregivers’ mental wellness journey, and navigating the complexities of healing, self-care, compassion, and resilience—especially over the past decade. This exhibit aims to expand our understanding of caregiving and how we can support caregivers’ mental wellness by showcasing the artistic talents of caregivers from various fields.

Participants must be ages 18 and above (see details below on “Eligibility & Rules of Participation”). Please submit your entry(s) before June 23, 2024. The gallery will run from August 2024 – February 2025, at The Health Museum.

The submission form is available in English and Spanish, or click the button below to submit online. See here for a presentation of the workshop, or check here for the recorded session.

Artworks by Isaac Raijman, M.D.

Meet Our Jury

Anson J. Koshy, MD, MBE

McGovern Center for Humanities & Ethics

Gabriela Magana

Deputy Director of Operations & Programs,

  • Applicants must be residents of Houston and at least 18 years old.
  • Applicant must be an active caregiver within the past 10 years – employed or contracted to provide professional caregiving services to individuals with healthcare needs, including but not limited to physicians, nurses, home health aides, and personal care attendants.
  • Applicants can also be family members or individuals providing physical, emotional, or logistical support to a loved one with chronic illness, disability, maternal, or aging-related needs. Family caretakers do not need to be paid to qualify.
  • Collective entries must designate ONE lead artist to apply on behalf of the group.
  • Artists may submit up to 2 artworks for consideration.
  • Submitted entries must reflect artwork created when the artist was a caregiver.
  • Art forms accepted include 2-D, 3-D, musical compositions, and literature.
  • The Health Museum staff and a panel of jurors will review entries.
  • All entries must be tastefully rendered for public viewing of all ages.

Submissions may include paintings, drawings, sculptures, photography, digital art, poetry, or mixed media pieces. The artwork should reflect personal experiences, perspectives, or insights related to mental health, self-care, resilience, or healing. The artwork must align with the theme of mental wellness and reflect the mission of The Health Museum: to foster wonder and curiosity about health, medical science, and the human body.

Please refer to the specific guidelines for different art forms and submission requirements listed below:

  1. Visual artworks must be at least 10″ x 10″ in size, and should not exceed 40″ x 40″ x 40″ in any direction.
  2. Musical compositions must be less than 3 minutes.
  3. Performances must be less than 3 minutes.
  4. Written entries must not exceed a 5-minute read, or 650 words.
  5. Multiple clean digital images and files are required upon submission.
  • The chosen artworks will be displayed at The Health Museum.
  • Jury’s Choice will be announced at the opening reception in August.
  • Community’s Choice winners will be announced in January.
  • Jury’s Choice and Community’s Choice winners will receive a prize and have an opportunity to promote their artwork at The Amazing Body Store.

By submitting an application, you agree to the following terms and conditions:

  • All submissions must be original works created by the artist/caregiver. Plagiarism or copyright infringement will result in disqualification.
  • Submitted artwork must not include any logo or branding.
  • Artwork should align with the theme of mental wellness, exploring topics such as self-care, resilience, compassion, self-reflection, coping mechanisms, community support, or the impact of healthcare experiences on personal well-being.
  • Please ensure that the artwork is suitable for exhibition display (wired and ready to hang) and transportation.
  • The Health Museum is NOT responsible for the transportation of artwork.
  • If your artwork is chosen, you are responsible for arranging delivery and pick-up of artwork. Late deliveries may not be accepted without permission in writing to the Healing Arts Manager.
  • Entries must be tastefully rendered for public viewing of all ages. Questionable or non-relevant material or subject matter will result in disqualification at the discretion of The Health Museum.
  • Entries that do not meet the requirements may be rejected. However, we are open to creativity so please contact the Healing Arts Program Manager if you have questions about your content.
  • Incomplete applications or artworks may be rejected.
  • Applicants must not share any excessive or indicating personal health information in their submissions. The privacy and dignity of individuals, including patients and family members, must be respected. Any information shared should be done so with the understanding that it may be displayed publicly as part of the exhibition, and applicants should ensure they are comfortable sharing this information.

Please submit your entry(s) no later than June 23, 2024

Rose Tylinski

Healing Arts Program Managerrtylinski@thehealthmuseum.org713.337.8461

Please reach out for questions or assistance