Hospital break room art collection, by various artists

May 22, 2020
(Hospital break room art campaign. Used by permission.)

For those who work in health care, the COVID-19 crisis is taking quite a toll. Many nurses are short not only on medical supplies but on sustaining hope. Cady Chaplin, an ICU nurse at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, has worked with artist Elizabeth Jaeger to bring artists together to show appreciation for health-care workers. When Chaplin’s ICU was designated as a COVID-19 response unit, she requested a “guerrilla gallery of support from the community.” She and Jaeger reached out to artists to create free, downloadable posters to be placed in break rooms for hospital staff. The appeal began with Jaeger’s Instagram-based artists group and has since spread elsewhere. The collection of posters from both veteran and emerging artists is at bit.ly/lovetonurses.