This is my first time exhibiting my art and it has been a wonderful experience. I entered two of my artworks, and one was bought while I was at the reception. To say I was thrilled is an understatement, to say how much it means to me that my work is helping others is priceless. I am honored and grateful to be a part of this exhibit and in the future with Central Louisiana Arts and Helathcare. Judy Ginsburgh has been welcoming and professional from the very beginning. I look forward to working with her in the future.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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
Editor of local newsletter. Chose to write about this outstanding organization on the occasion of their 4th annual Doctors' Day event.
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.