Save the Cord Foundation Brings Art to the World of Umbilical Cord Blood Through the Work of Artist Rachel Manley
TUCSON, Arizona. (May 12th, 2011) – The Arts and Sciences come together in a common goal to educate expecting parents about the life-saving benefits of saving their child’s cord blood at the BIRTH Art Exhibit! Save the Cord Foundation has partnered with artist Rachel Manley to advance cord blood awareness and education through the Save the Cord Foundation / BIRTH Art Exhibit. The exhibit features Rachel’s work Birth, her recent Sketchbook series, several of her original pieces and a commemorative book.
The BIRTH Art Exhibit will premier June 22nd at the 9th Annual Cord Blood Symposium Reception (registration required) hosted by the Cord Blood Forum at the Hyatt Embarcadero Hotel, San Francisco, California. Following the Symposium, the entire exhibit will be featured for three months starting July 1st at the Ventana Medical Art Galleries in Tucson, Arizona (open to the public on Saturdays from 10am-2pm, no entry fee). Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA) and Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. will hold a gala reception, open to the public, on July 7th at the gallery to officially launch this event. It will then be made available for exhibit throughout the country at various locations and incorporated into the ongoing national educational program led by Save the Cord Foundation and directed at expectant parents and the public.
Charis Ober and Anne Sarabia, founders of Save the Cord Foundation want to take cord blood awareness and education to a new level with Rachel Manley’s art, educating expectant parents and the public about the medical value of umbilical cord blood and their options for saving it. “Birth speaks to everyone who sees it, grabbing hold of their imagination with bright colors and bold images! We want to reach out to expectant parents and the public through this powerful work of art in poster form, to inform expectant parents and the public about the medical, life-saving value of their newborn’s cord blood.,” said Charis Ober. Likewise, the artist has said that she feels honored to have her work used in such a meaningful way. “I feel that they [Save the Cord Foundation] are really doing a public service. . . . I want to be a part of that, “ said Rachel Manley.
In addition to the traveling exhibit, the image Birth will be available for free in poster form for physician’s waiting rooms, medical clinics and Hospitals with non-commercial information surrounding cord blood and the options for saving it. Also, a commemorative book featuring Birth and other paintings from Rachel’s Sketchbook series along with general information regarding cord blood will be made available for purchase (all proceeds benefit Save the Cord Foundation).
To learn more about the BIRTH Art Exhibit and the benefits of saving cord blood, please visit www.SaveTheCordFoundation.org . If you are interested in having the BIRTH Art Exhibit visit your community, please contact Charis Ober at Save the Cord Foundation or Rachel Manley at www.RManley.com.
Save the Cord Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit, whose mission is to bring factual, noncommercial information to expectant parents and the public about the life-saving medical value of umbilical cord blood and the options for preserving it. Save the Cord Foundation’s vision is to advance cord blood awareness and make saving cord blood the standard of care for all newborns.
Rachel Manley is an artist and the Fine Arts Partner of the Save the Cord Foundation. Her Sketchbook 2010 series (Guide to Being an Expat: It will be fun, I swear.) has been featured in a national tour and is part of the Brooklyn Art Library permanent collection. Her painting, Birth, is the flagship image for educational campaigns conducted by the Save the Cord Foundation. It is also featured in public and private exhibits nationwide on the Foundation’s behalf. She currently lives in Northern Africa with her husband and daughter. Website: www.RManley.com
The Cord Blood Forum (cordbloodforum.org) is a non-commercial, non-political source of information and an opportunity for communication among transplant physicians, transplant coordinators, cord blood bankers, and patients. The primary mission of cordbloodforum.org is to serve patients for whom a hematopoietic cell transplant is indicated by disseminating information about the availability and effectiveness of cord blood transplants for children and adults. Website: www.cordbloodforum.org
Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA) and Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. created the gallery exhibition series so the many nationally honored artists could present their pieces of art, while receiving much deserved local recognition and promoting the creation and enjoyment of community art. The series also gives amateur artists the opportunity to showcase their work among established artists. More than 35 accomplished to novice artists of all ages have featured works in the show. The public may view or purchase artworks from the exhibit during the three month show. Ventana Medical Systems, Inc., a member of the Roche Group, is the world’s leading tissue-based cancer diagnostics company. The organization recently expanded the Ventana Gallery, by creating more exhibition halls, and partnered with SAACA in an effort to further its commitment to support the arts. This joint dedication to local community has created the largest, free of charge, gallery in Southern Arizona which now provides a space for local artists to showcase their work. The Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. Gallery is open to the public on Saturdays from 10am-2pm. It is located at 1910 E. Innovation Park Drive in Tucson, Arizona. Entry is free of charge. Please contact Chelsey Killebrew at (520) 797-3959, if you require assistance. Website:www.saaca.org