Letters to Leaders


Good Afternoon,

We have been reminded throughout this week of the continued prevalence of COVID-19 in our community. Positive cases continue to increase. I ask that each of us continue to relay messages of prevention through the use of face coverings, physical distancing, the avoidance of large gatherings — particularly with people outside of our households, and the practice of personal hygiene. The key is continuing to work together toward the same goal — protecting the most vulnerable among us, and slowing the spread of COVID-19.

Last evening, Safe Haven reached a milestone. After a Call to Artists earlier this year, 31 healing arts collections by local artists were installed and showcased at the Percent for Art Open House at the Safe Haven Health and Wellness Complex. The Wellness Center houses Louisiana’s first 24-bed Crisis Receiving Center, as well as a third Federally Qualified Health Center to serve the people of St. Tammany.

Over 40 artists with 250 proposals responded to the Call to Artists in the summer of 2020, and five-member Art Advisory Panel selected the final pieces for installation. In addition, several pieces as well as time and expertise were donated by local philanthropists Carlos Sanchez and David Fennelly. In addition to adding a healing component to the Safe Haven Health and Wellness Center, this Call to Artists offered an opportunity to our arts community to find work during this uncertain time, and to add to the success of Safe Haven.

The artwork was funded through the Percent for Art Program at a cost of $24,400. This program stems from an ordinance passed in 2002 which authorizes the allocation of funds for art in the construction of public buildings. For this project, selections were made specifically to enhance the healing environment of the facility. All artwork was installed in adherence to required guidelines for a Behavioral Health facility. You may view the Safe Haven Collection here.

I hope you all have a safe weekend. Should you have questions or if I may be of assistance to you in any way, please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Michael B. Cooper
Parish President


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