Program designed to bring more arts into the community honors Juneteenth with its inaugural exhibit
Conroe, Texas, June 23, 2018 – At a reception on Saturday afternoon, Lone Star Family Health Center (LSFHC) officially unveiled the first exhibit in its new initiative, Access the Arts, which is designed to expose patients to the arts, and to transform the center’s Conroe facility into a more welcoming community space.
“Health Centers are created with the community in mind,” says LSFHC Director of Business Development, David Moore, “so we hope to combine our uniquely beautiful foyer with work of local artists to make our clinic into a space people can appreciate while attending to their health. This is the community’s space.”
LSFHC’s Conroe facility has a large, open foyer that lends itself to be used in a more innovative way, and Community Health Centers are challenged to be creative with their perspectives on health. To that end, Access the Arts is intended to utilize an opportunity to expose the area’s underserved community, especially its children, to artwork that they would otherwise be unlikely to come in contact with.
The program will begin by displaying photography and canvas prints and grow to include a variety of mediums including sculpture and the performing arts, bringing art directly to a community who lack the opportunity and means to visit traditional art venues.
As LSFHC staff laid out a timeline for the launch of this new initiative and realized that the first exhibit would fall in June, they decided to celebrate the history of Juneteenth.
“We felt that the timing of this exhibit was a unique way to celebrate Juneteenth with our community,” says Moore.
After originally meeting Marti Corn at a Juneteenth celebration in 2016 and becoming familiar with her book, The Ground on Which I Stand, LSFHC staff has continued to follow her work. And because of this admiration for her work, asking her to exhibit her photography felt like a natural fit.
Fourteen of Corn’s photos featuring the Freedman’s community of Tamina will be displayed in the foyer of LSFHC’s Conroe facility through July. The exhibit is free and open to the public during clinic hours. For more information on Access the Arts and Marti Corn, visit lonestarfamily.org/accessthearts
About Lone Star Family Health Center
Founded in 2002, Lone Star Family Health Center is a 501(c)(3), non-profit, Federally Qualified Health Center with a mission to provide compassionate, affordable healthcare and prepare tomorrow’s family medicine professionals. The health center’s main location is at 605 South Conroe Medical Drive next to Conroe Regional Medical Center with satellite clinics in the Spring, Willis, and Grangerland communities. Appointments may be scheduled by calling 936.539.4004.