Patients, staff, and visitors to Harlem Hospital will soon be greeted by a familiar friendly (and fuzzy) face—Snoopy!
Thanks to a new mural painted Saturday, September 25th, 2021, by hospital doctors and members of the Harlem community.
The mural, which will make its debut this Fall in the hospital’s pediatric unit, is a permanent gift to Harlem Hospital as part of a collaboration among Peanuts Worldwide, Harlem Hospital, and the Foundation for Hospital Art.
On September 25, 2021, Harlem Hospital doctors collaborated with kids of all ages attending Hope Center Harlem’s Wellness & Self-Care Fair on the painting of the 49”x56” six-panel mural, which features a brightly colored image of Snoopy and Woodstock enjoying a hearty laugh atop Snoopy’s doghouse.
“We are thrilled and moved to see Charles Schulz’s iconic characters share their irrepressible joy with the patients at Harlem Hospital and other hospitals around the world,” said Melissa Menta, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communications, of Peanuts Worldwide. “At a time when we all need hope and humor, we believe he would be thrilled to know that his work is bringing both to adults and children across the globe.”
“We are grateful and delighted to receive the gift of Snoopy thanks to Peanuts and The Foundation for Hospital Art,” said Ivana Man, Child Life Specialist, NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem Pediatric Department. “Snoopy represents the best of all of us—imagination, confidence, resilience, and of course, enormous good humor!—and this is exactly what we’d like every person to feel as they walk through our doors. We couldn’t be more pleased.”
The Peanuts mural is one of the hundreds being placed in hospitals on six continents as part of the multi-year “Take Care With Peanuts” Hospital Mural Program initiative. The initiative of global caring, whose themes come directly from Schulz’s strips, encourages everyone to “Take Care of Yourself,” “Take Care of Each Other,” and “Take Care of the Earth.”
Murals are currently en route to hospitals in 25 international locations in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia.
“Our nonprofit is dedicated to making hospital visits a friendlier, more hope-filled experience for patients through the power of art—and who can do that more effectively than Peanuts?” said Scott Feight, Executive Director, Foundation for Hospital Art. “Charles Schulz created indelible characters who bring joy to all who see them, which is why Peanuts is such a perfectly aligned partner for the Foundation for Hospital Art.”
Photo credit: Kids at Harlem Hospital Take Care with Peanuts initiative.