The Healing Arts initiative and programs are mainly the result of the long and ongoing relationship between Martinez Gallery and Pediatrics 2000, artists, writers and independent activists and professionals. Martinez Gallery mission is anchored in the understanding that the arts in general have the power to help in the treatment of health illnesses and disorders, and improve the patience’s quality of life.
Through those engagements, that mission, and the clinic that Martinez Gallery houses within its premises, this ambitious undertaking covers different areas, from health care to art classes, exhibitions and collaboration between artists and the community, books and zines (including coloring books), workshops and storefront presentations.
This initiative offers daily open art studio creative learning, to provide guidance, give support and foster creative thinking. Youth have access to a wide range of inspiring materials and a variety of ways to explore them. Martinez Gallery offers these featured activities and materials to facilitate children's awareness of health literacy and other life skills. Art classes are designed for young creatives ages 1 to 21.
What Healings Arts is proposing, and implementing is not less than incorporating exchanges, activities and interventions outside traditional medicine—art exchanges, activities and interventions that are empowering, humanizing, and affordable —to address present and dangerous growing threats to youth public health and growth.