County art teachers create “Healing Tiles”

By Debbie Adams

Roanoke County Public School art teachers have partnered with the Taubman Museum of Art and Carilion Clinic to paint “Healing Tiles” which will be placed in the ceilings at Carilion Children’s Hospital.

Sara Cubberly, RCPS Art Supervisor, says the tiles are meant to “bring healing and comfort to those who are there.”

Twenty-three county art teachers have been working on the project. Later this school year, 75 students in the Center for Visual Arts and Museum Studies at the Burton Center for Arts and Technology (BCAT) will also each paint a tile.

Vinton area art teachers participating in the project include Ciara Carr, Allyson Goin, and Denise Sartell from William Byrd High School, Rob Mitchell from William Byrd Middle School, Wendy Pease from W. E. Cundiff Elementary, Kathleen Lunsford from Bonsack Elementary, Ginny Patrick from Mount Pleasant Elementary, and Aimee Oesterreich from Herman L. Horn Elementary.

Several of the Healing Tiles which are complete are on display at the County School Administrative Offices on Cove Road.

During the 2019-2020 school year, the Taubman staff worked with local fourth and fifth graders, providing them with instruction, prompts, and materials to create the Healing Tiles. Students at Boones Mill, Fishburn Park, Garden City, and Morningside Elementary schools participated, along with students from the Temple Emanuel Teen Youth Group. Participants painted over 100 ceiling tiles before schools closed in March due to COVID-19.

Roanoke County art teachers are working with Carilion Clinic and the Taubman Museum of Art to create colorful ceiling tiles for Carilion Children’s Hospital. The center painting of the “Happy Bunny” in this set was created by Rob Mitchell, art teacher at William Byrd Middle School.


Ciara Carr who teaches two art classes at William Byrd High School painted the beautiful pink flower “Healing Tile” on the left in this set.


Kathleen Lunsford, who teaches art at Bonsack Elementary, created the painting of the cat in this set of Healing Tiles.


Ginny Patrick, who teaches art at Mount Pleasant Elementary painted the Healing Tile on the left with the tree silhouettes. Wendy Pease, who teaches art at W. E. Cundiff Elementary, painted the sunflower in the center.

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