Arts in Medicine

Baton Rouge General's Arts in Medicine program brings creative activities to patients and family members through mediums such as painting, drawing, arts and crafts, music and more. Patients benefit from the therapeutic properties of creating and enjoying instruction from local artists-in-residence. 

Through one-on-one sessions, and collaborative projects, the program facilitates bringing the arts to our patients. Patients are offered the opportunity to explore their own creativity while meeting the challenges of diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. 

Opportunities include:
  • Painting
  • Mobile making
  • Crafts
  • Music therapy
  • Drawing
  • Mixed media
  • Oral history
  • Other fine arts
Patients can also request a bedside visit from the visual artist-in-residence or from the musicians or music therapist.

If you are interested in participating in a project or would like to donate your time and talents to our patients, please call (225) 387-7040.

Our Arts in Medicine program has many needs for items large and small. If you would like to make a gift to purchase a needed item or to donate one of the items on our wish list, please call us at (225) 387-7040.  

  • Acrylic paint
  • Activity books 
  • Air dry / modeling clay 
  • Art pads (different mediums of paper)
  • Beading supplies
  • Beads
  • Buttons
  • Canvas (board or stretched)
  • Canvas fabric
  • CD & MP3 players and headphones
  • Chenille stems (pipe cleaners)
  • Clothespins
  • Collage materials / magazines 
  • Colored pencils
  • Coloring books (all ages)
  • Construction paper
  • Crayons
  • Cray-pas 
  • Crochet hooks
  • Drawing pads
  • DVDs for resource library 
  • Embroidery materials 
  • Erasers
  • Face paint
  • Felt
  • Fuzzy posters
  • Glue / glue sticks
  • Journals / notebooks
  • Knitting materials
  • Markers
  • Masking tape
  • Mod Podge
  • Mosaic tiles
  • Music cds 
  • Origami paper
  • Paint brushes
  • Paper plates 
  • Pencils 
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Pens
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Scotch tape
  • Sharpies (all colors and sizes)
  • Small bubbles
  • Specialty papers
  • Stickers
  • Tissue paper
  • Watercolor paints / pencils
  • Yarn 
  • Ziplock bags (quart and gallon)

The Friday Lunch Live! concert series brings local musicians to Baton Rouge General every week. Employees, physicians and visitors gather each Friday at noon to enjoy 30- to 45-minute performances by pianists, guitarists, singers and other musicians. Recent performers include George Bell on trumpet, rhythm and blues singer Kalesha Brown Boudreaux, the LSU A Cappella Choir and nationally known Riders In the Sky. Click here to view upcoming Friday Lunch Live performances.

If you are interested in participating in a project or would like to donate your time and talents to our patients, please call (225) 387-7040.

Coloring isn’t just for kids anymore. As adult coloring books top the charts at both online and local retailers, Baton Rouge General patients can now enjoy a creative way to ease stress and reduce anxiety. Patients in several units will receive the coloring books and a set of color pencils at no cost beginning December 21. Coloring books can also be purchased in the BRG gift shop for $10 with proceeds going to the Arts in Medicine program.

Special thanks to our Arts in Medicine staff, volunteers, patients and friends for helping to create works of art that will bring joy to many. Our artists include: Patti Bailey, Lindsay Fasic Calloway, Willie DeBose, Mary Malloy, Muriel Prejean, Mary Kate Ritchie, Katie Simpson, Dixie Taylor, Robin Toler, and Janelle Welchel.