“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” ― Pablo Picasso
Throughout the Duke Medical Center in Durham, NC, artwork hangs on walls and in showcases overseen by Duke Arts & Health. One recent display in the Duke Clinics merges visual art with performance art and caught my eye.
A few weeks later, I passed by the display again and noticed it had grown to include harmonicas, sheet music, and a German hunting horn. Intriguing!
But that’s not all. A few weeks later still, I passed by and the display had changed again! This time it included several string instruments, not the least of which was a colorful ukulele.
In addition to such visual arts displays, the Duke Arts & Health department hosts lunchtime concerts on the Trent Semans Plaza, as well as music throughout the medical units, in waiting areas, and at bedsides. (Much of this music is thanks to professional musicians in residence and volunteer Duke student musicians.)
The exhibits and the concerts are free to the public. The enjoyment they bring is priceless.