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HCC presents "Body Mapping Project"

According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, each day about 79 people receive organ transplants and 18 people die because of a shortage of donated organs. An art exhibit exploring organ recipient s feelings around their experiences, Body Maps, and the Emmy award-winning documentary, Body Maps: Transplantation Inside and Out, will be presented with accompanying discussion on Wednesday, September 17, at 7:00 p.m. at the Henderson Community College Fine Arts Center, 2660 South Green Street, Henderson, KY. The event, free and open to the public, is sponsored by Henderson Community College, St. Anthony s Hospice, and Methodist Hospital in partnership with the Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA). Light refreshments will be served following the program.

Exploring their feelings, eight transplant patients from UK HealthCare created canvases of their bodies that described their experience with organ transplantation. All eight are from Kentucky and are recipients of a variety of donated organs. Xavier Verhoest of the Art2Be organization from Nairobi, Kenya, led a workshop for the organ recipients at the UK Fine Arts Building. The resulting canvases, created during the workshop, are called Body Maps.

The eight recipients shared their thoughts about their individual canvases and their gratefulness to their donors during interviews with Lexington Central Library s Thom Southerland, who created a documentary about the recipients experience. Subsequently, the documentary, Body Maps: Transplantation Inside and Out, was honored with the presentation of an Emmy Award just one month ago.