Passion for Healing Arts Take Center Stage at Carilion Clinic

Carilion Clinic closed out 2017 with their second successful NAP exhibition of the year.  This time around, the exhibit featured artwork from 120 different patients who had been treated by a Carilion provider during either 2016 or 2017.  Although this was only Carilion’s second year displaying patient artwork, word about the opportunity has spread throughout the hospital system as they experienced a 23% increase in participation. Coordinator Marie Webb mentioned that they were very pleased with the growth in participation and especially with the significant increase in both the youth and teen categories, which more than doubled in size

The continued success of both Carilion Clinic NAP shows – employee and patient – can be largely attributed to Marie and her support from both the Carilion Clinic Foundation and the Dr. Robert L.A. Healing Arts Program.  Marie is extremely passionate about the role the arts can play in the healing environment as is evident in her dedication to these two programs.  Even after retiring from her paid position at Carilion, Marie stayed on as the coordinator for both NAP exhibits.   

When the opportunity arose for Robyn McGinley, Director of Programs for the NAP, to attend the awards reception, she jumped at the chance to fly to Roanoke and meet Marie in person.  It was especially fitting as this would be Marie’s last exhibit as coordinator as she would be “officially” retiring again. Robyn was honored to say a few words at the reception recognizing all of Marie’s efforts during her four years as coordinator along with applauding the participants for their tremendous artwork as it was a truly remarkable show.  It’s always a pleasure for the NAP staff to be able to attend the exhibits across the country and meet the hardworking coordinators who are instrumental in the success of the program.

“Life’s Adventures”; Riley Tetreault; Teen 13-18, Honorable Mention; Painting; Patient