Arts & Health
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
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.