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Local Artists Find Unlikely Place to Stand Out

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BATON ROUGE, La. – Baton Rouge General’s Arts in Medicine program will debut its new exhibit, Re-Emergence, for its Café Gallery at a reception on Thursday, September 28 from 5-7 p.m. For this year’s exhibit, 150 pieces were submitted by local artists, including 21 first-time submissions. One component of the program is to share local art with patients, staff and visitors. A new set of artists are showcased each year, and the art is available for purchase.

First, second and third place winners will be recognized at the reception. This year, four artists nabbed first-place spots. Anna Hingle’s charcoal piece, “Persistence” and Shiloh Langlois’ wood-burning mixed media piece, “The Graduate” tied for first in the open category. Cathy Smart’s “Hope on the Horizon” took first in photography, and Kathy Stone’s “March” took first in painting.

The reception takes place at the Bluebonnet Café, near Entrance 3, at 8585 Picardy Ave. Light refreshments will be served.

Arts in Medicine celebrated its 10th anniversary last year. On any given day, patients, family members, friends and staff can be seen painting to reduce stress, playing harmonica to improve respiratory capability, singing or playing musical instruments to decrease anxiety and pain perception, or enjoying live music around campus.

Since its inception in 2012, the program has grown to add more connections to the arts. In 2019, a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) music therapy program was incorporated. Studies show music therapy in the NICU provides a host of benefits, including a stabilized heart rate and improved breathing, feeding, weight gain and sleep. BRG’s music therapists use breath, voice and specialized instruments to recreate sounds from the womb that comfort and stimulate babies as they grow. And last year, AIM teamed up with The Louisiana Arts & Science Museum and Capital Area Agency on Aging to provide “Arts on the Go” to senior adults in an 11-parish region.

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