Another Dimension to Medicine

Healing Arts

"Every day, low-cost, high-impact arts programs are calming, soothing, uplifting, and restoring patients — reducing their suffering, empowering them to move forward, lifting the quality of their days, giving them solace, and supporting those who love them, care for them, and care about them."

~ Annette Ridenour Aesthetics, Inc.

Cottage Health System is pleased to offer our community a Healing Arts Program, focusing on the beauty of the Central Coast, through the inspiration, talent, and expertise of Central Coast artists.

Using visual arts in healthcare environments has become an international movement. The visual arts have been shown to enhance patient care, relieve stress for patients and visitors, and increase employee satisfaction. Evidence-based research shows that exposure to the arts reduces use of pain medication, increases compliance with treatments, and shortens the length of stay in hospitals.

View samples of the art by theme:

1st Floor: Santa Barbara Architecture

2nd Floor: Water, Ocean, and Beaches

3rd Floor: Gardens and Landscapes

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The new Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Healing Arts Program will celebrate "The Vibrancy of the Central Coast" through an unprecedented collection of works by local artists. The art on each floor of the new buildings will have a common theme:

More than 400 Central Coast artists were invited to submit samples of their work and concepts for consideration; 123 of these artists were selected to provide art for the new Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Ultimately, more than 1,200 pieces will be acquired for the system-wide program, including the Goleta Valley and Santa Ynez Valley campuses. A wide variety of media will be represented, including sculpture, two-dimensional and three-dimensional artworks, mixed-media art, glass, mosaics, fabric, and photography.

The Landmark Collection highlights 45 pieces that were especially commissioned as focal points in the new Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. These distinguishing pieces are located in the lobby, the gardens, on terraces, in elevator landings, waiting rooms and corridor niches. The balance of the pieces have become an integral and vital part of the décor in corridors, patient rooms, and waiting areas.

Many of the Landmark and other pieces are still available for sponsorship. Learn about sponsorship opportunities here >>

For more information about the Healing Arts Program, please contact Carla Long, Director of Planned Giving, at (805) 879-8980.


Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Foundation

David Dietrich

Vice President, Advancement

(805) 879-8980

PO Box 689

Santa Barbara CA 93102

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