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The #HIT100 and Jess Jacobs

One year ago today, I was at the maker fair in Accident, Maryland. 3-D printing, children painting, and Lego creations surrounded me.  In this maelstrom of creativity, I learned that Jess Jacobs had died.  Funny, delightful, caring Jess was gone.  In the year hence, we dedicated a room in honor of Jess in Salt and Pepper Studios: Home of the Walking Gallery.  People all over the country made donations in her honor.  I placed flowers on our front walk dedicated to her memory. Yesterday, Jess's sister Lauren Jacobs was able to visit the studio.  I was honored to show her Jess’s room.  Lauren remarked on how much Jess would have loved the room.  I built a large display case full of Jess’s art within the doorway frame to the adjoining bedroom.  I think there is a kind of poetry in that.  Jess lives on in a doorway between this room…

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The Walking Gallery: Year 7

This is the seventh year of the Walking Gallery of Healthcare.  We now number 437 members walking around the world with patient story paintings on our backs.  We are attending medical conferences where often there isn’t a patient speaker on the dais or in the audience. We are providing a patient voice, and by doing so, are changing the conversation. An artist or artists interviews medical professionals and lay individuals to form a patient centric narrative. The artist then creates representational imagery and paint that picture story upon the business jacket of the provider of the narrative account. The provider of the patient story aka “Walker” wears the jacket to medical conferences and events in order to disseminate the patient story to a large group of policy minded attendees and to represent the individual patient voice in venues where they are underrepresented. Further, both artist and walker will support the…

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Cinderblocks4: the agenda

Cinderblocks 4: The Walking Gallery Gathers is an art and medical conference that will be held in Grantsville, MD at Penn Alps Restaurant and at Little Crossings by The Cornucopia Café May 18-20, 2017.   I founded this event with the help of several other epatients and I am happy to see it enter its fourth year. I am known in healthcare circles as the artist that founded The Walking Gallery.  I and 46 other artists paint patients stories on the backs of jackets that people wear to medical conferences.  I see #Cinderblocks4 a continuation of the message of The Walking Gallery and as venue that prizes the patient and provider in equal measure.  We will use our days at this conference to focus on improving health care everywhere. Your Friend, Regina Holliday Founder of the Walking Gallery Thank you to our Diamond Cinderblock Level Sponsor: May 17, 2017 PechaKucha Accident Visits Grantsville!…

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Opening Doors

I was recently at a small gathering of friends hosted by the amazing Christine Kraft.  I was asked if there was anything that could be done to help my work.  I told them, “I need help paying for doors.”  I am near my final repairs that need to be completed on Salt & Pepper Studios.  I still need to replace doors.  Replacing the front door will require cutting into brick.  A thirty two inch door must be replaced with a 36 inch door for accessibility.  The other doors must replace in-swing 31 inch doors with out-swing 32 inch doors.  I got the estimate from the contractor recently and looks like we need to raise about $6,000.00 to replace and repair the doors and frames. So I am offering paintings as prizes to anyone who can donate at the 1,000.00 level to the crowdfund.  (This crowdfund already paid for a heating…

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#Cinderblocks4 Coming May 18-20, 2017!

#Cinderblocks4:The Walking Gallery Gathers is a patient led medical conference held in the beautiful mountains of rural Western Maryland.  This is a destination event and the spirit of the conference is Burning Man meets healthcare. Now some of you may not know why I use the hashtag #Cinderblocks4, so I thought a refresher might be in order.“When I was a child I went to an elementary school that had few resources.  In fifth grade, someone donated a large amount of books to our class.  We were very pleased to have them, but we had no bookshelves on which to place them.  My teacher contacted the local lumberyard and requested they donate some 2×4's and cinderblocks so we could make shelves.  The lumberyard manger said yes, with one caveat, we would have to pick up the supplies. That year our fifth grade class had a field trip.   We left the school…