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BRG Art Exhibit at Manship Shows Unique Side of Patient Care

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Baton Rouge General artists-in-residence and volunteers express unexpected, two-way street of art therapy

Baton Rouge, La. – Baton Rouge General’s (BRG) Arts in Medicine program has helped more than 10,000 patients since 2012, but the artists and volunteers who facilitate the program are often surprised by how inspired and gratified they feel after the sessions. These unexpected emotions are captured in the program’s latest exhibit at the Manship Theatre, “A View Into Our World – An Artist’s Way.”

The only hospital in the state with a program of this kind, BRG Arts in Medicine participants enjoy activities such as painting, drawing, arts and crafts, music and storytelling in ways that inspire hope and promote healing. Private and group art therapy sessions are hosted by the hospital’s artists-in-residence and volunteers, giving patients something to focus on other than their illness, and providing emotional and physical benefits.

“People always ask me what it’s like to have an impact on patients every day, but we feel like we’re the ones who leave the sessions inspired,” said Patti Bailey, Artist in Residence at BRG. “This exhibit is a great way for us to show how our work unexpectedly puts us on the receiving end of art therapy.”

A free opening reception for “A View Into Our World” will be held at The Manship Theatre on Lafayette Street from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 3. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served, and New Orleans musician Rhe Washington will perform. A portion of sales benefits BRG’s Arts in Medicine program. The exhibit will run from the end of April through September.

To purchase artwork, please visit the Manship Theatre. To learn more about BRG's Arts in Medicine Program, click here or call (225) 387-7040.

painting of fruit

About Baton Rouge General Medical Center
Baton Rouge General Medical Center is the area’s first community hospital with 588 licensed beds between two campuses. Baton Rouge General opened its doors in 1900, and has provided the Greater Baton Rouge community with high-quality healthcare for generations. Established in 1970, Baton Rouge General's Regional Burn Center is one of only 125 burn centers in the U.S. verified by the American Burn Association and plays an integral role in supporting other Gulf Coast states when the need arises. Baton Rouge General has been an accredited teaching hospital since 1991, with 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.