Baton Rouge General Patients and Staff 'Celebrate Louisiana' with Unique Art

Baton Rouge, La. – With titles like Katrina Rose, Christmas Swamp andOak Alley, the paintings in the current Baton Rouge General Arts in Medicine exhibit are clearly designed to Celebrate Louisiana. Patients and staff have tapped into their feelings about home, family and belonging to create beautiful works of art that remind us why we love our state.

The exhibit opened December 6 at the Manship Theatre in the Shaw Center for the Arts downtown, and will remain on display through February.

One artist depicts a peaceful swamp filled with trees draped in Spanish moss, and placed against a brilliant sky. Another artist captures a solitary fisherman seated in a blue boat, lost in thought as he floats down the river. A collaborative piece takes the viewer from the streets of New Orleans, to the masked balls of Mardi Gras, through the warm Gulf waters, and into the eye of a hurricane. Every painting in the exhibit is an affirmation that our home is unique --- its food, its music, its people, its ambience.

“Many of our patients and visitors were drawn to the Louisiana theme,” said Kim Henderson, Arts in Medicine Supervisor. “It’s familiar, comfortable and reassuring. Everyone wanted to participate. More than 200 people added their personal touches to our collaborative painting, Rolling Down the River.”

Arts in Medicine at Baton Rouge General is a special program that allows patients to explore their creative sides through art, music, dance and oral history. Studies show that the focus on creativity promotes hope and healing.

About Baton Rouge General Medical Center

Baton Rouge General Medical Center is a full-service community hospital with 590 licensed beds between two campuses. As the first hospital in the capital city, Baton Rouge General opened its doors in 1900, and has provided the Greater Baton Rouge community with high-quality healthcare for generations. An accredited teaching hospital since 1991, Baton Rouge General serves as a satellite campus of Tulane University School of Medicine, and offers other medical education programs, including a School of Nursing, School of Radiologic Technology, Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, and Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. For more information, visit, find us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at @BRGeneral.

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