St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon has, over the years, found a way to add healing character to its hospital environment by painting some of its white ceiling tiles colourfully, and with meaning.

Painted ceiling tiles at St. Paul's Hospital - Set 1

You can find the tiles throughout the hospital. Each tile is unique, characterized by originality, expressiveness and imagination. The latest gallery of ceiling tiles were recently added to the Leslie and Irene Urology Centre of Health and in Flex Unit 2.

They were painted by students from Core Neighbourhood Youth Co-op (CNYC). Students from this school have been coming once a week to volunteer at St. Paul’s Hospital to paint tiles for the last seven years. CNYC is a skills building and alternative education program for youth in Saskatoon. Our addition to their programming allows students the opportunity to enhance their development by cultivating their creativity while contributing to the overall well-being of the community.

Painted ceiling tiles at St. Paul's Hospital - Set 2

“The youth who participate in this program are very gifted. Their artwork and spirit add such joy and brightness to our hospital and community,” says Marlessa Wesolowski the Artist in Residence of St. Paul’s Healing Arts Program “These latest works of art are symbolic of our spiritual journey, of nature and abstract.

Thankfully, St. Paul’s Hospital understands that the arts have potential to enrich our lives and support us in our health and well-being. Specifically, the visual arts can heal passively as well as through active engagement in the flow of creativity.”

Painted ceiling tiles at St. Paul's Hospital - Set 3