Arts in Medicine, Baton Rouge General Hospital

July 12, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

Arts in Medicine is a program that helps create joy and wellness through the arts at the hospital. Arts in health can promote social, physical and mental wellbeing through arts workshops, classes, performances or bedside visits. The program helps to facilitate the arts in a way that can reduce stress and improve health outcomes. 

Arts in Medicine (AIM) at the Baton Rouge General brings creative activities to patients through media such as painting, drawing, arts and crafts, music and storytelling in a format that inspires hope and promotes healing

Studies have shown that patients who participate in Arts in Medicine benefit emotionally and physically during their treatment. For instance, visual artistry, such as painting or drawing, provides a creative outlet for patients to express themselves and explore their creative sides. Music, which can be requested at the bedside, reduces stress and lifts spirits. Storytelling and oral histories allow patients to focus on relationships and unique life experiences. All of these activities provide a much-needed distraction from health-related worry and anxiety.

Their Arts in Medicine program also bolsters patients’ self-esteem by giving patients a chance to share their work with others. Many patient art works are displayed throughout the hospital as wall hangings and ceiling tiles, and a special exhibit of patient artwork goes on display every three months at the Manship Theatre in downtown Baton Rouge.

The Arts in Medicine program also has a juried exhibit of local artists who participate in the Cafe Gallery Exhibit, which changes every six months. 

If you have a friend or family member who is a patient at the Baton Rouge General, check out this program. 

I'm so happy to be a part of this program by having a few of my images hanging at the Baton Rouge General, Bluebonnet location. 

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