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Medical school gala seeks Emory artists' works to support free clinics

By Leslie King | Emory Report | April 13, 2016

Artwork, particularly from the Emory community, is being sought for the annual Emory School of Medicine Art Gala to be held Saturday, April 30, from 7 to 11 p.m. in the School of Medicine Atrium.

The gala features a silent auction for the local artists' works, which run the gamut of genres including painting, screen printing, drawing, photography, mixed media and jewelry design.

"We are interested in getting more art from physicians and other people in our community who have an interest in art and create pieces in their free time," says Marta Bean, who is president of the first-year medical class. Bean is spearheading the auction.

As part of the silent auction, patrons can bid for a variety of art-related and other items, including tickets to performances and sporting events, music lessons, gym memberships, museum memberships and items, gift certificates to local restaurants and hotels, getaways, goods and services from a variety of Atlanta businesses, and more.

To feature their works in the gala's auction, artists fill out and submit an Art Contribution Inquiry Form. Questions can be directed to artgala.emorymed@gmail.com

The deadline to submit the form is April 20, according to Bean.

In addition to the artworks, the performing arts are celebrated at the gala with live entertainment and performances by members of the Emory community. Bean says entertainment will include a pianist, flutist, a cappella singers and other performers.

Raising funds for student-run clinics

Organized by students, the event celebrates creativity and artistic expression as an essential component of health and humanity. But it also has another goal: to buy medical equipment for student-run free clinics for Atlanta's underserved populations. These are the Open Door Clinic, Harriet Tubman Women's Clinic, Gateway Clinic, Good Samaritan Clinic and Central Night Clinic.

"Last year's auction proceeds doubled the budgets of all of the clinics," Bean says.

"Most of the students volunteer at two or three of the clinics over the course of their time in medical school," Bean says. Learn about the clinics and the medical students' experiences serving there.

In addition to helping fund the clinics and programs for the class of 2019, "we work in conjunction with the Physician Assistant program and their portion of the event benefits the South Georgia Farmworker Project," Bean says.

Although the purchase of tickets isn't required, a minimum $20 donation, which includes food and drinks, is requested to support the students and their mission. Dress is semi-formal or business casual.

View the artwork displayed at the 2015 Art Gala.