For immediate release: May 24, 2007 GALVESTON, Texas — Moody Gardens will open a new exhibit this weekend featuring the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Children’s Hospital Art Stars Program. The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, will be displayed from May 26 to Sept. 3. Throughout the year, patients at Children’s Hospital create artwork that they entrust to the UTMB Children’s Health Art Stars Program. Dr. Frederick S. Huang, director of the division of pediatric hematology/oncology at UTMB, established the program two years ago. Its mission is to raise awareness about the healing influence of art, to celebrate the creativity of children and to mobilize community support for their artistic endeavors. “Our child life director, Janis Matthews, and her team do a great job of providing daily art therapy for the kids,” Huang said. “I and many of my colleagues strongly believe in it as an important part of the healing process.” Both Matthews and Huang agree that creativity is good for their patients — whether as a forum for communicating feelings or as a distraction from worry and stress. “Creativity often helps them to find a positive outlet by which to express their feelings,” Matthews said. This year’s Art Stars collection will feature 25 designs. Note cards featuring artwork from the Art Stars collection will be available at the exhibit in packets of eight for $10. All proceeds benefit the patients and programs of UTMB Children’s Hospital. For more information, please visit The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Public Affairs Office 301 University Boulevard, Suite 3.102 Galveston, Texas 77555-0144