And finally, our musical Outliers journey ends in Louisiana, where physicians, healthcare workers and their families honored National Doctors Day recently with the third annual Doctors Day Follies and Art Exhibit, an all-day event sponsored by Central Louisiana Arts and Healthcare, a group committed to bringing innovative arts experiences into healthcare settings.
They were surprisingly good! says Judy Ginsburgh, executive director of Central Louisiana Arts and Healthcare, of both the art entries and the on-stage performances that evening at the Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center in Alexandria. Entries and acts ranged from a flute performance to a rendition of Steve Millers The Joker to paintings of President Barack Obama. Not only can we honor them, but feature them doing things they dont normally do, she says.
When the event began in 2007, there were 250 attendees, 100 art entries and 10 performers; this year there were more than 600 attendees, 115 pieces of art and 21 acts on stage, according to Ginsburgh, who says this is not just a fundraiser for the group, but is also a great de-stresser for clinicians and their families.
The day began with an art exhibit of works by employeesor their family membersfrom the two hospitals in which Central Louisiana Arts and Healthcare houses art galleries: Christus St. Frances Cabrini and Rapides Regional Medical Center, both in Alexandria. Funding for the art exhibit, which came from the National Arts Program Foundation of Malvern, Pa., was used to award $3,000 in prizes and local scholarships to the winners, according to Ginsburgh.