Children’s art consultant passes torch after 17 years of buying children’s art – Natural Self Esteem

Ron Beahn understands the positive impact it can have on a young artist when they select a local youth’s artwork for permanent display at Akron Children’s Hospital.

And after 17 years as an art consultant for the hospital, he understands how important it is for young patients to feel as comfortable as possible in the hospital when they see artwork they can relate to and have been created by their peers.

It was an affair of the heart for Beahn, a Green Party resident, as he selected thousands of artworks by students from local schools during his tenure at the hospital. After serving as the hospital’s senior arts advisor, he is retiring this month, passing the torch to Jill Hazen, a retired Plain Local Schools special education teacher who lives in North Canton.

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