[...] it has been especially meaningful to Collura to return to the work she loves through a partnership with Child Life Services at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.
Since July, Collura has been visiting UTMB's John Sealy Hospital building weekly to guide pediatric patients and their siblings through art projects in her new position as director of education for the Galveston Arts Center.
The art center will use the money to buy art materials for the hospital program, Art for All at UTMB, and a cart to push supplies from room to room.
Art for All at UTMB is an expansion of the center's Art for All educational outreach, which sends local artists to teach weekly classes at Ronald McDonald House, Libbie's Place Senior Center, The Sunshine Center for Adults with Disabilities, The Alcohol/Drug Abuse Women's Center, and The Resource and Crisis Center of Galveston County.
Collura, who has a bachelor's degree in illustration from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a master's in illustration from Savannah College of Art and Design, began her career as an artist-in-residence with University of Florida Healthcare.
Research has shown that artistic interventions open the lines of communication between pediatric patients, parents and members of the interdisciplinary team, which facilitates a greater collaboration to meet their medical needs and fosters positive coping skills.
Galveston County public safety officials are taking a bite out of crime by placing a prescription drug -drop box at the La Marque Police Department.
Prescription drug abuse is an epidemic in America, La Marque police said in a press release.
Many medicine cabinets are filled with expired and unused prescription drugs, and more than half of all teens who abuse prescription drugs report that they got the drugs from the family medicine cabinet, according to the department of health services.
The prescription drop box, Jackson said, gives people the means to dispose of pills and unwanted medications, and keep them out of the hands of children and anyone who's susceptible to drug abuse.