The artists also collaborate with their subjects in determining the composition of their portrait, encouraging patients to choose whatever clothing and pose felt most comfortable to them. Exit interviews have demonstrated that the experience of participating in Face to Face has bolstered patients’ self-image and social resilience. With its innovative combination of art and medicine, Face to Face aligns perfectly with the mission of the Stan and Jan Berenstain Healthy Kids Foundation.
Face to Face: The Craniofacial Program Portrait ProjectThe first program to receive funding from the Stan and Jan Healthy Kids Foundation is Face to Face: The Craniofacial Program Portrait Project, which uses the intimate process of portrait painting to help children deal with the psychosocial effects of craniofacial conditions and to tell their stories of perseverance and resilience to a world often obsessed with appearances. The project is a partnership between Studio Incamminati, School for Contemporary Realist Art; The Craniofacial Program at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; and the Edwin and Fannie Gray Center for Human Appearance at the University of Pennsylvania. In Face to Face, patients with craniofacial conditions are each paired with an artist who paints their portrait over the course of several months and multiple sittings, allowing the artists to form a unique bond with both subject and family.