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Ronny Kempenich

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Ronny Kempenich - Education Coordinator, The Children’s Inn at NIH

What Ronny Kempenich loves about VisArts? Opportunities for inclusion.

VisArts has been partnering with The Children’s Inn at NIH for many years. Seriously ill children and their families stay at The Inn while receiving treatment at the NIH. As part of its mission, The Inn provides families with opportunities to engage in diversionary and therapeutic activities during their stay. Visits to VisArts give families the opportunity to engage with the community, while also providing time for “kids to just be kids” and put the seriousness of their illnesses aside for a few hours.

One family of six from North Carolina recently spent the class creating mosaic mirrors from cut glass. They worked at their own pace. The instructor who facilitated the class was flexible, present but not imposing, allowing each person to work at their own pace and to interact with her or the other family members if they wished. Ronny feels that engaging in art activities has therapeutic benefits that allow children and their families to relax, create and help to reduce the stress they are feeling.

Open mindedness is integral to the VisArts culture. Ronny appreciates that VisArts works with The Children’s Inn in order to anticipate the special needs of the families and offers accommodations that allow them “to just be” and to leave with a sense of accomplishment.

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