Central Louisiana Arts and Healthcare, Inc.

Rating: 4.89 stars   9 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Education, Health, Breast Cancer

Location: PO Box 12802 Alexandria LA 71315 USA

Mission: We provide innovative arts experiences in healthcare settings to promote healing for patients, respite for family members and stress relief for medical personnel.
Results: Currently offer programming at two major hospitals; an orthopedic clinic and an adult daycare
Target demographics: Anyone in a hospital or healthcare facility where we offer services whether a patient, a caregiver or a visitor
Direct beneficiaries per year: thousands
Geographic areas served: Central Louisiana
Programs: Rotating art galleries; art carts with creative art projects; LobbyArts (live performances); Annual Doctors' Day Follies and Art Exhibit; Medical Humor Gala; Breast Cancer Awareness event; Alzheimer's Awareness Event; Arts Ala Carte (bringing performance into hospital rooms via live performance videos); Legacy Project (arts for seniors); Arts in the Cancer Center

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Rating: 5 stars  

Central LA Arts and Healthcare has been an integral part of reaching out to the cancer patients at Cabrini Cancer Center. Every activity is important and appreciated. The patients look forward to either participating in a painting project or listening to music. The organization has brought "the arts" our patients would not normally have an opportunity to enjoy. The volunteers are talented. They have definitely made an impact concerning "awareness" to the field of combining the arts with the healthcare community and the people seeking medical attention.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The annual Doctor's Day Follies and Art Exhibit provides an opportunity for healthcare personnel to use the "arts", not only for patients, but for ourselves. It provides an opportunity to express ourselves other than in a clinical setting, but with a common goal... using our talents for "healing". Healing others and ourselves.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have more volunteers. Have more funds available in order to continue projects and have new ones.

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

This organization provides a vital service to the community. Treating the patient medically is the top priority. This organization lets patients relax and enjoy, even if just for a short time,from the reason they are in a medical facility.The patient is approached from an artistic standpoint providing entertainment and activities to heal the soul.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

By serving on the board promoting the organization.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

As we sat in a hospital room waiting for our loved one to die, we experienced harp playing and singing from musicians with Central LA Arts & Healthcare. He was in pain and it was time to let go. Their compassionate manner and appropriate music helped us say goodbye and feel comfort at this very difficult time.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the work they do with palliative care and hospice

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

supply enough musicians to offer this service to everyone who loses a loved one.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the comfort they gave my family

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

compassionate and caring and very talented

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

continue to do miracles in more and more locations

Ways to make it better...

it was perfect

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

finding funding and trained artists to continue the work

One thing I'd also say is that...

every hospital should offer these services to their patients and staff

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

Central Louisiana Arts and Healthcare provides programs geared toward all age groups. This provides an adjunct to the healing process. The display of art in our facility affords the visitor and employee an opportunity to become acquainted with the works of local artists. Our employees look forward each year to participating in the follies talent and art show. This organization is an asset to our community.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

observing the services they provide to the medical institutions

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

The Arts - visual, dance, music, and such - are universal languages that "speak" to us emotionally, and sometimes spiritually. As a visual artist with the Arts and Healthcare organization, I am able to use my art form to communicate messages that hopefully promote positive feelings. As a cancer survivor, I realize the importance of the mind/body connection in the healing process, with patients at the Cancer Center where I volunteer. When these people get involved in doing art, looking at art, talking about art and artists, talking about what moves them -- I witness a difference in their state of mind. The despondent will lighten up, the frightened will become more relaxed, the frustrated will have a diverson, and a child who is bored will be pacified. Many times the "artist within" will be awakened, and the opportunity to create art can empower someone who has felt he's lost control of his life. These same effects were seen with the Arts and Healthcare program in the Red Cross shelters after the Katrina evacuation. The Arts are very powerful in changing attitudes and lives.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the Cabrini Cancer Center, the Red Cross shelters of Central LA, Friendship House,whose clients seem always to enjoy the activities, the medical community participation in Doctors' Day Follies Art Show.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I cannot impress upon you the positive effect of art in the halls of the hospitals and clinics C.L.A.H. contracts with. The art shows rotate monthly, and every time I am there changing the shows out, I hear comments from staff, visitors, and patients about how much they enjoy the art and look forward to the next great show. Those who don't realize another show is about to go up always protest when they see the walls bare! They have not only come to enjoy the presence of art in their midst each day, they have come to expect and demand it! If every workplace did likewise, what a wonderful world this would be!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the excitement our programming generates in the people it touches.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hire an army of artists to work for the cause.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

knowing I'm making a difference in the lives of people who need art in their daily lives.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

of the highest character. They are enthusiastically dedicated to the mission and reliable and ready.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

take healing to a whole new level.

Ways to make it better...

the organization had a bigger budget to expand programming.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

budget cuts--the same that affect all arts organizations at present.

One thing I'd also say is that...

every community should have such an organization.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Central Louisiana Arts and Healthcare attempts to integrate art and healthcare in a variety of ways. They sponsor art shows in regional hospitals and offer a number of art related programs with the patients in these same institutions. They also sponsor a successful annual

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

participating in their annual Doctor's Follies talent show.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing the talents of my fellow health care providers and their families.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

excellent and devoted members of their organization and our community.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the face of both health care and the arts in Central Louisiana.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

Editor of local newsletter. Chose to write about this outstanding organization on the occasion of their 4th annual Doctors' Day event.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

attending their community awareness events and their annunal Doctors' Day events.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

During chemotherapy and radiation treatments, it was a really calming factor to be able to select music I enjoyed and listen to this during the long sessions. Certainly it took my mind off or ME and put it where it should be...enjoying life. Also the art exhibits provided in the waiting room made the time before treatments go by quicker with interesting and soothing art to enjoy instead of sitting there dreading what was ahead. Since then I have had several friends who have told me of the organization helping them through the dying days of a loved on by providing music for their relative that soothed both the patient and the family. Others have told me of coma patients who have been calmed and even had positive response to activities provided by CLAAH. The volunteers do everything possible to provide what is needed for the soul to heal. Since then I have tried to help and volunteer when called on to assist the organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my own cancer treatment.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The people working with it are so positive.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

always interested and eager to be involved.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

work real miracles. They have so many terrific ideas and are only limited by the funds available. It is amazing how dedicated the volunteers are.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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