Published on April 14, 2017

Community Painting To Be Created At Owensboro Health

A community painting will be created at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, in partnership with the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art.

The community painting event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, April 17, 2017, in the lobby of Owensboro Health Regional Hospital. Community members of all ages are welcome to come and contribute to the painting, said Debbie Zuerner Johnson, director of Community Engagement at Owensboro Health. This event is similar to the painting project conducted annually during the Owensboro Health Arts in the Community event at the Owensboro Regional Farmers Market. Once completed, the community painting will hang in the lobby of Owensboro Health Regional Hospital.

“We wanted to bring this event within the walls of the hospital,” Zuerner Johnson said.

According to Owensboro Museum of Fine Art Director Mary Bryan Hood, the partnership is a part of the museum’s ongoing community engagement model to offer free educational services in the visual arts to the community, state and region. The initial painting event resulted in the production of a color note card depicting the docking of a steam wheeler on the Ohio River at the foot of Frederica Street.

“The community painting project is a continuation of the successful model developed by the museum’s education staff and conducted at various events and venues, including the opening of Riverfront Crossing in downtown Owensboro and at farmers’ market events sponsored by Owensboro Health,” Hood said.

Details about this event are as follows:

  • Community Painting Event
    11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Monday, April 17, 2017
    Owensboro Health Regional Hospital – Lobby
    1201 Pleasant Valley Road
    Owensboro, KY 42303

“The community painting project is one part of what we hope to be a series of annual events in the Owensboro Health Arts in Healing Program,” Zuerner Johnson said. “The Arts in Healing Program is an extension of the vision laid out by the Arts Design Committee at Owensboro Health, and a strategic effort to incorporate the arts within the health system setting.”

Zuerner Johnson said Owensboro Health embraces the connection between art and health, as evidenced by the incorporation of artwork throughout Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, including outdoor space. Zuerner Johnson said the goal is to take this work further, as there is evidence that health and wellness can be positively influenced by music and the arts.

“When we say our mission is to heal the sick and to improve the health of the community we serve, we mean more than physical health. We’re promoting communities that are healthier in body, mind and soul,” Zuerner Johnson said. “By incorporating art and music into a healthcare environment and through our many partnerships, we hope to provide experiences that are positive, healing and impact health in a rich and sustainable way.”

Contact: Brian Hamby, Director of Owensboro Health Marketing & Public Relations, (O) 270-685-7749, (C) 270-316-4274,

For more information regarding the free educational services offered by the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art, visit

About Owensboro Health

Owensboro Health is a nonprofit health system with a mission to heal the sick and to improve the health of the communities it serves in Kentucky and Indiana. The system includes Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, nationally recognized for design, architecture and engineering and the only hospital in the world to be designated a Signature Sanctuary by Audubon International, Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital, the Owensboro Health Medical Group comprising over 180 providers in 25 locations, a certified medical fitness facility, and the Mitchell Memorial Cancer Center. Owensboro Health has been recognized for outstanding care, safety and clinical excellence by The Joint Commission, U.S. News & World Report and Becker’s Hospital Review. As the largest employer west of Louisville, Owensboro Health has 4,088 employees, and in FY 2015 saw 18,380 inpatient admissions and 823,072 outpatient encounters. A committed community partner, Owensboro Health provided grants of $702,924 in the last year to health, social service, education and arts agencies across the region. For more information, visit

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