Hope & Creativity (and Healing) in the Time of Covid

Melinda Rittenhouse

For Melinda Rittenhouse, a breast cancer survivor & member of an artists' collective that recently exhibited their work at Duke Hospital, the fact it was here "meant even more"


Video co-produced by the Publishing Humanities Initiative and the Health Humanities Lab at the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute (FHI)

Melinda Rittenhouse breast cancer survivor
Melinda Rittenhouse is an artist and metastatic breast cancer survivor who's being treated by DCI breast medical oncologist Sarah Sammons, MD.

How important is it for artists to reflect the times that they are in while connecting with as many people as possible through the work they create and showcase?

Betty Haskin and Melinda Rittenhouse help answer that very question as they team up to install an exhibition of work from Triangle Book Arts (TBA), a collective of artists based across the Triangle of North Carolina.

These intrepid women, book artists themselves, worked to curate several displays throughout Duke University Hospital, in collaboration with Arts & Health at Duke, as a way of giving hope to patients facing difficult procedures there and the healthcare staff that support them. (July 1, 2021- Sept. 1, 2021)

VIEW ONLINE the journal that Melissa Rittenhouse created

Learn more about Triangle Book Arts

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