Art is Good Medicine


Art is Good Medicine is an Arts in Healthcare program in partnership with ECU Health and the McConnell-Raab Hope Lodge. Professional visual artists work with adults in the ECU Health Cancer Center, along with the McConnell-Raab Hope Lodge, and pediatric patients in the Maynard Children's Hospital. In addition, we facilitate free adult workshops at the ECU Health Cancer Center.

Interested in supporting the Art is Good Medicine program? Monetary donation can be made below or reach out about donating art materials to education@emergegallery.com

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  • A professional artist visit the children’s hospital at ECU Health to work one-on-one with patients and their family.
  • Free workshops are offered twice a month to anyone affected by cancer, including patients, survivors, caregivers, and family members. 
  • Weekly classes take place at the McConnell-Raab Hope Lodge cultivating community among guests whom have traveled to Greenville from all over eastern North Carolina to receive various cancer treatments at ECU Health.
  • This is a $20,000 program, funded by corporate sponsorships, individual donations, and partnerships with ECU Health and the McConnell-Raab Hope Lodge.
  • In 2014-2015, the Emerge Gallery & Art Center, Home of the Pitt County Arts Council, was awarded the opportunity to host Pablove Shutterbugs, a Program of the Pablove Foundation, made possible by Livestrong. The program was a free five week-program for youth diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives to develop their creative voice through the art of photography.


Gabriella Galvan
Gabriella is a current student at East Carolina University earning her Bachelor's of Fine in Art Education and Bachelors in Arts in Psychology. She has experience in many different mediums of art but primarily works with painting and photography. She enjoys being able to share her love of art with students and help them grow as artists, creative thinkers, and help them find their own unique voice. After completing her degree, she hopes to go on to get her Masters in Art Therapy to use art to create a positive change in others.