Rick Cotter, Purple Flower #1
Behavioral healthcare facilities are designed to assure the well-being of their patients, and to safeguard them from potential self-harm. Art installations present a unique challenge. While proven to be essential to creating holistically therapeutic environments that promote feelings of safety, security, and wellness, the physical characteristics of traditional art installations can create potential opportunities and materials for self-harm.
While it might be tempting to decide an art installation isn’t worth the trouble, there is a tremendous body of research that provides compelling evidence that art is essential to driving successful behavioral health programs. For example:
Art installations are able to make significant contributions to behavioral health programs by helping patients to be more mindful, while also helping to reduce stress, anxiety, and cognitive struggles, and increasing feelings of well-being and pleasure.
Great American Art has developed a number of solutions specifically designed to meet the stringent federal guidelines and requirements. From the materials used, to a frame’s profile, to installation – every aspect of a piece of artwork has been designed to allow Behavioral Healthcare providers the ability to nurture a patient’s emotional and mental wellness through an impactful art program, while also helping them protect their patients’ physical well-being.
In addition to framed and acrylic art, vinyl wallcoverings, ceiling and window films, and customizable vinyl wall adhesives are also available, and easy to maintain. When vinyl products are used, it is recommended to cover them with a clear sealer to both protect the artwork and restrict access to it.
Every Great American Art product is 100% American-made, and manufactured with premium materials designed for long-term art installations. Products designated for Behavioral Healthcare comply with federal specifications and guidelines for artwork use within the Behavioral Healthcare setting. All artwork is giclée printed.