The Wash Your Hands: Public Health, Public Art project is dedicated to using art to communicate a healthy message. By spreading awareness of how important washing your hands really is, we hope to cut down on the spread of germs.
We’re doing this in two different ways. In communities, local artists are collaborating with restaurants to bring unique hand-washing art to public bathrooms. This both fosters relationships within the community, and reinforces the value of healthy habits. We’re also asking people to submit creative hand-washing signs they find in public bathrooms around the world to our global gallery, as a testament to the worldwide importance of washing your hands.
The Wash Your Hands: Public Health, Public Art project was founded by Olivia Sullivan in 2018. She hopes to expand the project throughout her time in the Master of Public Health program in Maternal and Child Health at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health. In addition to the intersection of health and art, Olivia’s research interests include LGBTQ+ issues in gestational parent and child health, emergency medicine, teratogens, and global research cooperation in public health.