Since 1824, Thomas Jefferson University has offered the highest level of education to students pursuing careers in bioscience and medicine. Through the programs of its six colleges, Jefferson trains nearly 35,000 health professionals, and annually enrolls more than 5,000 future physicians, scientists, nurses, and healthcare specialists. The college’s humanities program offers students an opportunity to pursue a self-directed course of creative practice and research within the arts and humanities, in parallel with their medical education.
A large-scale multimedia installation built on Jefferson’s medical campus by visual artist and Pew Fellow Pepón Osorio is rooted in the artist’s personal experience of cancer diagnosis and treatment. Developed through public programs taking place across Philadelphia, the resulting exhibition is sited within Jefferson’s colleges of nursing and population health in Center City. The project highlights systemic health and health care inequities in the US and includes stories from other Philadelphians of color who have lived through or are currently experiencing life-threatening illnesses.
The total grant amount represents project funding plus an additional 20% in unrestricted general operating support.