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May 11, 2010

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May 11, 2010

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.

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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.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 7, 2010

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May 7, 2010

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!

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

the excitement our programming generates in the people it touches.

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

hire an army of artists to work for the cause.

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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

May 5, 2010

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May 5, 2010

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

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

participating in their annual Doctor's Follies talent show.

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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

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spend time with a senior journaling their life story; read poetry to a young patient, help out in our office