Oakwood Heritage Hospital hosts gala for the arts

The public is invited to attend a reception from 3 to 6 p.m November 1 to celebrate a new and permanent art gallery at Oakwood Heritage Hospital in Taylor.

The Arts For The Spirit® gallery features original artwork by local artists, which will be displayed in a gallery space located near the main entrance.

The gallery opening follows research that shows the presence of art in a clinical setting promotes healing and comfort, while having a positive impact on the mood of patients, their families and the healthcare professionals who care for them.

The reception will include the presentation of original poetry writings of Oakwood employees, as featured in Oakwood Healthcare System's creative writing journal, "Poetic Resonance Imaging." The reception also will underscore Oakwood’s commitment to the arts through music. Musical performances will include a smooth jazz trio and the lilting notes of a hammered dulcimer. Refreshments will be served.

“Since 2004 Oakwood’s Arts For The Spirit® program has been demonstrating, promoting and enhancing the positive role arts play in health care,” said Joseph Diederich, chief operating officer, Oakwood Healthcare Inc. “This program is a mark of distinction for our organization. For centuries, healers have fostered the idea that music, art and poetry have profound healing effects. I truly believe the arts stimulate hope and helps us replace the fear and anxiety our patients feel when they visit a hospital.”

Arts For The Spirit® gives patients, visitors and staff the opportunity to enjoy music, art and creative writing workshops throughout the system. Creative writing workshops are held under the guidance of local poet M.L. Liebler. Under his direction, students produced creative writing and poetry.

“I invite you to attend the debut of the Arts for the Spirit art gallery at Oakwood Heritage Hospital and to share the benefits of this program with your family and friends," Diederich said. "We have many exciting plans for our other facilities throughout Oakwood and you’ll see more Arts for the Spirit exhibits and events in the coming months.”