PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — For many people, art possesses a transformative power, elevating a living space's mood, character and atmosphere.
Lisa Hoopis is someone who ardently embraces this belief.
As director of education and training for Sojourner House — a comprehensive victim service agency that supports survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking 24 hours a day, seven days a week — Hoopis values how art has the potential to transcend the physical confines of a room, shaping the ambiance, visual character and even the emotional well-being of individuals within the environment, she said.
Besides multiple Providence locations for administrative, education and outreach offices, Sojourner House oversees more than 150 apartment units through its housing programs.
"We're always looking for ways to make our buildings feel more welcoming to clients," Hoopis said. "We know art is a powerful tool that can add warmth and joy to any space."
And that’s why she has collaborated in recent months with a group of Brown University students.
Art for Service is a student organization dedicated to creating art for public good. Established in 2018, the group includes roughly two dozen Brown undergraduates who partner with local community organizations to infuse physical spaces with creativity, meaning and positivity.
In the Fall 2022 semester, Hoopis first heard from Art for Service about the potential to partner on a set of murals for one of its properties: "Because of our continuous pursuit to create a more inviting atmosphere for clients, we said yes immediately," Hoopis said.