A show of artistic talent in support of free medical clinics

WHAT: “Night of the Arts,” a showcase of visual and performing arts talent benefiting free medical clinics that provide much-needed health care to families recovering from homelessness and addiction.

The annual event features artwork and performances by students and faculty of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and members of the community.

Proceeds from the event support free medical clinics at Alpha Home, Haven for Hope, SAMMinistries and Travis Park United Methodist Church. The clinics, which are run by students under the supervision of faculty mentors, are a community service learning project of the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics at the UT Health Science Center.

WHEN: Friday, March 25, 2011

  • 6 to 7 p.m.: Reception, art viewing and silent auction
  • 7 to 9 p.m.: Stage performances

WHERE: Health Science Center auditorium, located at the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Campus, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio, in the South Texas Medical Center.

WHO: Performers are students and faculty of the Health Science Center and members of the community.

The silent auction consists of more than 30 art pieces, including two mixed-medium paintings donated by local artist Duane E. Hillburn, a survivor of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and acute lymphocytic leukemia who often draws on those experiences in his work. Hillburn paintings up for auction include:

  • “’C’Scape, 10 years with cancer” – 1991
  • “End of Age” – 2010

The event also will feature special performances by Ballet San Antonio, the Arathi School of Indian Dance, and Loon-E Hip Hop Entertainment Dance Crew.

NOTES: At the door, admission to the fundraiser is $10 for Health Science Center students, $20 for the general public and $30 for VIP seating. Reduced prices are available to those who register in advance at www.texashumanities.org/nota.cfm.

The student-run free clinics were created by Richard Usatine, M.D., professor of family & community medicine and dermatology & cutaneous surgery at the UT Health Science Center. Dr. Usatine, who ran a similar program at UCLA before arriving in Texas, established his first San Antonio clinic at Alpha Home in 2005.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, one of the country’s leading health sciences universities, ranks in the top 3 percent of all institutions worldwide receiving U.S. federal funding. Research and other sponsored program activity totaled $228 million in fiscal year 2010. The university’s schools of medicine, nursing, dentistry, health professions and graduate biomedical sciences have produced approximately 26,000 graduates. The $744 million operating budget supports eight campuses in San Antonio, Laredo, Harlingen and Edinburg. For more information on the many ways “We make lives better®,” visit www.uthscsa.edu.

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