P. Muzi Branch
Philip “Muzi” Branch is the Director of Cultural Programs for the VCU Health System in Richmond, Virginia. Muzi has been successfully coordinating their National Arts Program® Exhibition since 2006. As both an accomplished performing and visual artist Muzi understands the importance that art plays in our lives. Each year he strives to bring forth the extraordinary visual art talents from all VCU employees and their family members.
A. During the year VCU presents over 20 exhibits by local and regional artists in our three on-site galleries. The NAP exhibit is different. It gives the volunteers, employees and their family members the opportunity to share their creative talents.
A. There are 8500 members in the VCU Health System family. The NAP Exhibit fosters a sense of family pride and boosts employee morale. It Allows visitors to feel a connection to the staff in a non-medical way.
A. The response by all is very positive.
A. Art installations help to create a healing environment, which decreases patient and caregiver anxiety. Studies show that art can improve patient outcomes and increases overall quality of care.
A. The fact that all appropriate artwork is accepted and every participant receives a certificate.
A. The response by visitors is extremely heartening. Visitors are amazed at the artistic talent displayed by our staff and their family members. They really connect with the artwork when they find out that the art object was made by one of their caregivers.
A. The online registration makes the pre-exhibit preparation easier. I no longer have to transfer the information from paper entry forms to the computer…It’s already done!
A. In addition to being an arts administrator I am a professional visual artist and musician as well. The arts have allowed me to express myself in a constructive way, generate income and bring joy into the lives of others.
A. My Father played piano and also did pencil drawings; I am sure that he influenced me, However it was my mother who encouraged me by buying my early drawings for 10 cents and placing them on the refrigerator door. I have been involved in the arts community in Richmond for over 30 years. I actually won first place in the city wide National Arts Program Exhibit in 1996.
A. The staff at the NAP (especially Robyn) is tremendously competent, cooperative and congenial.