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Brightening Spaces for Children at Unity Health Care

Yours Truly, helping to prepare one of murals for sealing.

A few weeks ago, I volunteered to assist in the final preparation of one of two indoor murals that are located at  one of the Unity Health Care Clinic  in Washington, DC.   This is Kreative Ways and Solutions, LLC  signature project for Unity Health Care Clinic Children’s Reading Room redesign.  This usually features a mural design for selected clinic’s children’s reading corners.  The project is located at the Unity Health Clinic at the old DC General Hospital.

Lead intern designers Bretagne Blair and Shea Capri Bartley created two murals- “Dive Into Reading” for the Dental Clinic an “Wild About Books” for the Doctor’s Office.  A furniture plan and selection was also included.  Project Sponsors include:  Pepco, Benjamin Moore, Percision Wall Tech, Sensational Color and Kreative Ways and Solutions, LLC.  This design project was a pro bono project for the Unity Health Care Foundation in Washington, DC.

About Unity Health Care

Unity Health Care, Inc. (Unity) was founded in  1985 as Health Care for the Homeless Project (HCHP) providing primary health  care services to homeless individuals and families that resided in local emergency shelters or on the streets of the District of Columbia.  In 1996, the organization expanded when it  became the Federal government’s emergency grantee for the Community Health  Center  Programs, which expanded the patient base to  include the underserved, uninsured and working poor residents of the city.  Unity’s mission is to offer a continuum of  medical care and human services to homeless and medically underserved people in  the District of Columbia.

Unity has a network of 29 health centers and a  mobile medical outreach vehicle, which are strategically located within all  eight wards of DC. In addition, they offer a full-range of primary health  care services that reach every facet of our community to include, but not  limited to the homeless, working poor, under/uninsured, infants, school-age  children, the elderly, persons living with HIV/AIDS and/or Hepatitis, as well  as those who are incarcerated and recently released from jail and prisons.

Their scope of primary health care services  include: internal, pediatrics, family practice and obstetric/gynecological  medicine.  We also offer dental care,  social services, mental health, family planning, treatment adherence, substance  abuse counseling and numerous specialized services  (i.e., podiatry, cardiology, pulmonology,  gastroenterology, psychiatry, ENT, Ophthalmology, etc.).

About Kreative Ways and Solutions, LLC

Kreative Ways & Solutions, LLC is a Washington, DC area interior decor service for high end residential and commercial applications. KWS  has a strong commitment to serving  clients with quality design services and interior environment coaching to create healing spaces through eco-friendly materials, color and arrangement.  They create customized living and working spaces that overcome decorating challenges and evokes a feeling of well-being.

Kreative Ways and Solutions, LLC provides interior design services that help to create healing spaces through color and arrangement. Using color therapy, Feng Shui and coaching techniques, Sherry Burton Ways, is the Design Principal of Kreative Ways & Solutions, LLC.

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Check out the video below regarding the progress of the murals.


Highlights of “Where We Have Been” Arts Salon Talk presented by the Millennium Arts Salon

On Wednesday, November 3rd, the Millennium Arts Salon (MAS) hosted the first Art Salon Talk as part of the Ten Artists for Ten Years Anniversary Exhibition at the Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives in Washington, DC.  The topic of the Talk focused on “Where We Have Been” regarding the artist’s personal artistic journey and the DC area art market as a whole.   Artists who participated in this talk included Anne Marchand, Victor Ekpuk, Doris Colbert Kennedy, and Billy Colbert.  The talk was moderated by Yours Truly, who is the curator of the show.

The dialogue was rich and the audience drank it all in.  The artists talked about how themes such as regenitifcation of DC neighborhoods inspired much of their work.   Much of the discussion centered on the huge impact of the internet in the art world during the last ten years, how it has made art more accessible to the public and for the first time, provided artists with an opportunity to market their work without going through the gallery system. 

I invite you to participate in the next Art Salon Talk:  Where We Are which will be a dialogue focusing on what artists are focusing on now with their work and their thoughts on the current art scene in Washington, DC.  This salon is scheduled for Tuesday, November 30, 2010 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p. m. and will feature the following exhibition artists: Gwen Aqui, Chris Malone, and Frank Smith.  The talk will be moderated by Phil Barlow, MAS Board member and collector. The talk wll be held at the Sumner School Musuem, located at 17th and M Streets, NW and is free and open to the public.

Millennium Arts Salon is proud to serve the DC arts community over the past ten plus years with 41 salons, 7 exhibitions, 3 symposiums, 3 print collaborations; numerous partnering events including The Phillips Collection, The Library of Congress, The David C Driskell Center, Parish Gallery, and others and featuring numerous art luminaries – artists, curators, collectors, and other art professionals; represented in a growing archive of video footage, photographs, and related books, catalogs, and other printed material; as well as other art events/projects too numerous to mention here.  For more information, visit the website at

The panel takes questions from the audience (L to R): Anne Marchand, Victor Ekpuk, Doris Colbert Kennedy, Billy Colbert and Yours Truly. Photo by Elsa Gebreyesus


Posing with the Artists.  Photo by Elsa Gebreysus