At our recent For Art’s Sake Scholar Art Show held on Saturday, April 2nd at Blackstone Valley Prep (BVP) Mayoral Academy, we featured guest artist, Joyce Kutty. Ms. Kutty provided art show guests with workshops throughout the day, where she guided visitors through tutorials on how to make origami flowers. This alone was a great experience for art show attendees, but Ms. Kutty makes paper flowers for a deeper purpose beyond her love of origami.

For the past 3 years, Joyce Kutty Designs has been crafting beautiful bouquets out of origami flowers for the patients at Rhode Island Hospital. While in school, Ms. Kutty learned from a friend in the medical field that many patients, especially those with cancer undergoing treatment, cannot receive real flowers. Inspired to brighten the days of patients, Joyce started gifting her hand-crafted bouquets.

The paper flowers carefully made by participants in her workshops (including BVP staff, scholars, and families) were turned into 3 bouquets that were delivered today by Ms. Kutty, BVP’s Art Director Michelle Turner, and Elementary School 3 Art Teacher Kayleigh Smith.

Arielle Lee, RN, BSN, and nurse at The Comprehensive Cancer Center at Rhode Island Hospital who has known Joyce throughout the three years she has been making these deliveries had this to say:

“The beautiful origami bouquets by Joyce Kutty, created in conjunction with the students from Blackstone Valley Prep, are such a wonderful and welcomed gift to our patients and The Comprehensive Cancer Center. We cannot have real flowers in our cancer center, so our patients who are facing difficult diagnoses and treatments especially appreciate this creative gift to brighten their days.”

News of this donation was featured in the Valley Breeze. Click here to view the article.