Children’s art consultant passes torch after 17 years buying kids’ art

Ron Beahn, who is retiring in June as art consultant for Akron Children's Hospital, and Jill Hazen, who will be the new art consultant, look at "The Incrediball Circus II" machine in the lobby at Akron Children's Hospital.

Ron Beahn understands what a positive impact it has on a young artist when he chooses a local youngster’s artwork to permanently display at Akron Children’s Hospital.

And, after 17 years as art consultant for the hospital, he understands how important it is for young patients to feel as comfortable as possible at the hospital, seeing artwork they can relate to that was created by their peers.

It’s been a labor of love for Beahn, a Green resident, as he’s selected thousands of student artworks from local schools during his tenure at the hospital. After working as the hospital’s longest-serving art consultant, he’s retiring this month and passing the torch to Jill Hazen, a retired special education teacher from Plain Local Schools who lives in North Canton.


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