“We thank the Miranda family and Danny for this wonderful gift,” says Dr. Laureen Hill, group senior vice president, and chief operating officer of NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center. “These murals symbolize not only appreciation for our frontline health care workers, but the vibrancy and rich culture of Washington Heights.”
Dr. Hill and Miranda, along with his family, Peguero, and NewYork-Presbyterian staffers, counted down before red curtains fell simultaneously revealing both murals.
“The arts are so important in our public sphere,” says Miranda. “I’m excited that some of the artwork of ‘In The Heights’ [that was created for the movie] is here at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, the hospital that serves our community. And I’m moved that Danny Peguero’s murals get to be here. It’s wonderful to bring some life and music to the hospital.”
For Peguero, the inspiration for the murals came from a natural place: the community and the energy he feels every day on the streets. “There’s a vibrancy in the neighborhood that everyone knows,” he says. “The vibrancy of the colors, the people from different ethnicities, the music, the dancing. I hope these murals can bring a smile and some joy.”
Dr. Hill notes the power that the artwork will have in its new home. “What I hope by putting these murals in this location, where we have so many patients come through, is that it provides a sense of joy and hope to those who seek care here and to those who provide the comfort and healing,” she says.