University of Arizona Creates Connections Through Art
Pamela Wagner has been coordinating the University of Arizona NAP exhibit since 2017 and commented that she believes the greatest impact is seeing the connection through art made by employees. “Seeing them make connections and have common ground, to me, take down so many silos,” she stated when interviewed about the program. These personal relationships developed through the arts are always driving Pamela to look for new ways to grow the program and is what ultimately prompted her to extend the invitation to participate to the UofA Phoenix campus. In previous years, it was the distance between the campuses that prevented their participation. However, with the help of Cynthia Standley, the Director of the Program of Arts in Medicine at Phoenix, who took on the job of intake at this location with success they were able to be included.
Thanks to this wonderful teamwork, this year’s Tenth Anniversary exhibition once again transformed the BSRL Lobby with 169 pieces of artwork on display from both the Tucson and Phoenix campuses. Adding to this, the awards reception held on February 15, was extremely well attended by participants and their family members. Dr. Cynthia Standley was on hand to help Pamela present the awards and shared a statement prepared by the University President, Robert C. Robbins.
This annual show would not be possible without the hard work, dedication and true joy that Pamela brings to the role of venue coordinator. In just the few short years she has been coordinating, she has truly made the show an integral part of the University’s community and the NAP can’t wait to see what’s in store for the future!