Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts is sharing the L-O-V-E with Sentara Obici Hospital Staff in honor of Hospital Appreciation Week, May 10-16, 2020. ‘Suffolk Loves the Arts’, the Center’s L-O-V-E Letter art installation, was relocated on Monday, May 11, 2020 from Suffolk Center to Sentara Obici Hospital’s lobby to illustrate the LOVE the community feels for the front-line workers and first responders that keep us safe and healthy during these unprecedented times.
Jessica Lowder, Vice President of Operations, Sentara Obici Hospital welcomed the idea of working with the Suffolk Center to share the LOVE letters with Hospital Staff and visitors.“We are beyond grateful for the ‘love’ we have felt from our community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The LOVE letters are a beautiful and fun way to continue keeping spirits high while celebrating the many team members it takes to carry out our mission each day.”
‘Suffolk Loves the Arts’ LOVE letters exemplify the people, places and rich history of Suffolk. Each letter was designed and created in collaboration with four Suffolk High Schools; ‘L’ – King’s Fork High School, ‘O’ – Lakeland High School, ‘V’ – Nansemond River High School, and ‘E’ Nansemond-Suffolk Academy. ‘Suffolk Loves the Arts’ were create in part as a tribute to Virginia Tourism Corporation‘s 50th Anniversary of ‘Virginia is for Lovers’. The Suffolk inspired LOVE Letters were unveiled November 23, 2019 at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts and are one of more than 190 giant LOVE letters in towns and cities across the Commonwealth of Virginia.
“The Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts is very pleased to do its part in representing our community’s deep appreciation and strong support of Sentara Hospital’s employees who are working hard to make and keep our community well during this pandemic.’ shares Susan Lawrence, Suffolk Center Executive Director. ‘What better way to outwardly show this heartfelt gratitude to our local front-line medical workers than moving the LOVE Letters from the Suffolk Center to the hospital to be a constant reminder of how much our community appreciates their sacrifice and service. The fact that we are moving the letters during hospital appreciation week makes it all the more special.”
Moving the four, 6’ x 3’ LOVE letters was no easy task. The endeavor would not have been possible with out the generous support of Suffolk business, Lawrence Trailer Service, for donating the manpower and transportation to move the letters from the Suffolk Center to the hospital as a way of showing its appreciation of the hospital front-line workers and support of the Suffolk community.
Make sure to Thank Hospital Workers & First Responders this week & every week.
Design a Superhero Coloring Card!
In honor of Hospital Appreciation Week a second collaboration was forged between Suffolk Tourism, The Plaid Turnip and Suffolk Center. The goal was to provide the community with an interactive art project so they can show their appreciation for all the work being done to keep them safe and healthy. On May 13 a special Thank You Superhero Coloring Card will be featured in the Superheroes of Western Tidewater supplement running in Suffolk News Herald newspapers across Suffolk, Smithfield, Franklin and Windsor. Folks young and old can use crayons, pencils or markers to design their very own Superhero Coloring Card to give as a Thank You to Hospital workers, First Responders, Postman, Delivery Drivers, or Grocery Store Workers!
“Suffolk Tourism is pleased to partner with the Suffolk Center and The Plaid Turnip as we connect with our Suffolk community, celebrate our everyday heroes and provide some fun along the way.” shares Theresa Earles, Suffolk Tourism, Development Manager.
The Superhero Coloring Card features a Teddy Bear Thank You and LOVE Letter coloring book style images. Artwork shared with #CreativeJoyProject, will be featured in a community Virtual Art Gallery exhibit and shared through Suffolk Center social media. Ed Beardsley, owner of The Plaid Turnip restaurant, is showing his appreciation by offering a FREE cupcake when folks post a photo of their Superhero Coloring Card artwork with #CreativeJoyProject to their Facebook or Instagram between May 13 – May 31, 2020. A drawing will select one lucky winner to receive a Family 4-pack Dinner To Go, a $40 value! Drawing will be held on Monday, June 1, 2020.
The Plaid Turnip restaurant is OPEN with Curbside pick-up! Please check-out their on-line MENU or call (757) 923-9740. The Plaid Turnip is located on the first floor of the Suffolk Center, 110 W. Finney Ave, Suffolk, VA 23434