Arts & Health

What is Arts & Health? 

The Arts & Health program at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is a field of work that is characterized by clear artistic vision, goals and outcomes that seeks to enhance employee and patient health and well-being through visual and performing arts. It provides entertaining, inspirational and healing art programs for patients, their families and Medical Center employees. The arts assist in the healing process for patients and provides opportunities for employees to share their creative talents and express themselves as well as enriches the overall culture and environment of the Medical Center. Programs are offered by both the community and employees. Arts & Health originated in 1994 as Visual and Performing Arts. 

Arts & Health is comprised of a wide range of offerings:

Healing Voices: Healing Voices is a group of Medical Center employees and friends who enjoy singing and contributing to the healing arts.  No auditions are required. They perform twice a month on various patient units in the Hospital, once at noon on the first Wednesday of each month and once at 4 pm on the third Wednesday of each month. 

Medical Center Chorale: The Medical Center Chorale is comprised of Medical Center employees and friends. The Chorale has rehearsals and then performs their concert in several locations. No auditions are required, only rehearsal attendance in Davis Memorial Chapel when learning the concert.

Arts Alive: Arts Alive is a performing arts series at the Medical Center, sponsored by Arts & Health, for the benefit of patients, visitors and employees. The performances provide an opportunity to lift the spirits of the listeners. The series includes vocal and instrumental concerts offered at various locations throughout the Medical Center. All performances are free and open to the public.

Artist in Residence: Arts in Residency offers both art and music for patients of the Medical Center. It also works closely with Arts for Life offering educational art opportunities to the Medical Center patients and employees. Art projects and kits are planned around a monthly theme that provides education with art. The coordinator may meet with patients one-on-one or in a group setting directing them through an art project. 

Art Galleries: There are 9 art galleries throughout the Medical Center where visual art is displayed to provide visual stimulation for patients, visitors and employees. These galleries are changed out every quarter. View more information on our gallery spaces.

Lunch-N-Learns: Lunch-N-Learns are monthly arts based educational classes offered during the lunch time. Participants are encouraged to bring their lunch and come get some hands on experience in the arts. The classes are free and open to the public, patients, and employees. 

Art Kits: Engaging in art during times of stress, depression, pain, boredom and isolation can help alleviate these symptoms and create positive feelings which aid in healing. Arts & Health provides opportunities for Medical Center patients and employees to receive an art kit that may include the following: coloring books, journals, colored pencils, origami, watercolors, zentangles, pattern lessons and brain teasers.  

Quick Reference

Arts & Health

Gretchen Bayne, Arts Coordinator

Charlene Teague, Administrative Assistant

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Programs & Events

Arts & Health offers a variety of patient- and employee-focused programs to enrich our medical center's environment. Our programs include the Medical Center Chorale, Arts Alive Concert Series, and Visual Art Galleries & Exhibits.

Last Updated: 11-20-2014
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