Library Outreach; Art Shows; Medical Humanities
Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library at the George Washington University has held an annual art show since 1987. Students, staff, faculty, and clinicians from the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, the School of Public Health and Health Services, the School of Nursing, the GW Hospital, and Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library are invited to submit artwork to be displayed throughout the first floor of the library in a month-long display. The talent of the artists is celebrated at an opening reception where light refreshments are served and students, staff, and faculty mingle and view the art.
Library art shows serve as an opportunity to share and celebrate talents outside of the health sciences and as an avenue for networking between all members of the library and medical academic arena. The Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library Annual Art Show fosters a sense of community; the spirit of creativity and imagination weaves its way through the opening reception as well as throughout the library during the span of the show. In addition, the art show helps to promote the visibility of the library, not only through art show marketing efforts but also by attracting new and returning patrons to visit and view the art.
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