Spacesuit Art Project
Our Space for Art story began with the awesomeness of the Spacesuit Art Project. One of our founding directors, Ian Cion, is the artistic genius behind Spacesuit Art. Having founded the Arts in Medicine Program at the University of TX MD Anderson Pediatric Cancer Hospital in Houston, TX, which was started by one of our founding directors, artist Ian Cion, and that we are all blessed to help bring to life.
Who would have guessed how amazingly inspirational colorful spacesuits made from children’s artwork could be?!
What started with one artist, with children undergoing pediatric cancer treatment in one hospital, in one country, with one art spacesuit, has blossomed into a global Space for Art community. Many artists, astronauts and cosmonauts, space professionals, health experts, and most importantly children in hospitals, refugee centers, and schools from around the world, have brought to life five art spacesuits (3 that have traveled to and from the International Space Station (ISS)).
Hope & Ian
Our Art Spacesuits ~ Hope, Courage, Unity, Victory, and Exploration ~ are all named to capture the strength and vision of the children who helped create them.
The two newest suits are Dreamer and Exploration. Both are created with the artwork from children around the planet, and through continued partnership with UNITY and spacesuit companies Zvezda and ILC Dover.
Exploration is an ambassador for Spaceship Earth - on a mission to bring us all back to Earth.
A beautiful reminder that we all live on a planet (on our own spaceship), and that we are all Earthlings. ILC Dover quilted together the artwork from children in over 45 countries.
Dreamer is being created with the hope of traveling to the ISS with a very special mission (to be announced) and to take the dreams of the children on a journey to outer space. The UNITY team in Russia and spacesuit company Zvezda are building Dreamer from the artwork of children in the 15 ISS partner countries.