Providing comfort and warmth to children entering the care of the Department of Family Services is the focus behind an art project at Child Haven, DFS’s intake facility. The series of elaborate and gleeful murals that now adorn the corridors of Child Haven, created by internationally respected artist Sush Machida, was recently dedicated. The works by Machida, who is represented by galleries in Los Angeles, New York and Tokyo, were painted by hand and took seven months to complete. They cover 2,000 square feet of walls in an entry area, the corridors and waiting rooms at Child Haven. Machida employed themes such as animals, sky and water that trigger peaceful responses in children and adults. Almost every animal in his murals has a smile. The colors used have been proven to be psychologically soothing. Nevada Lighting generously donated new fixtures to illuminate the work. With his paint brush, Machida is improving these children’s first look at the facility and easing their fears and the stress of the intake process. At the same time, officials believe the finished product conveys Child Haven as a place of hope, compassion and understanding. The funding for this project came from the Clark County Percent for the Arts program approved by the County Commission in July 2012 and administered by Parks and Recreation department. This is the first major art project coming out of the new fund. The source of the funding is special ad valorem and room tax revenues. The Child Haven shelter is a licensed facility that is staffed by employees who provide safe, nurturing temporary care for children who cannot safely remain with their families. County staff provides direct care, daily supervision, and life skills development to children in this temporary placement. These procedures promote and support the sound operation of the Child Haven Shelter program.