Mount Sinai Comprehensive Health Program Downtown Welcomed its Community With an Art Exhibition and Reception on October 15th

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Mount Sinai Comprehensive Health Program Downtown welcomed its community with an art exhibition and reception on October 15th.

 – October 31, 2012 /Press Release/  –– 

Artists Phillip Harris and Arid Orozco are joined by Aota’s Alejandro Garcia-Amaya, Matt Baney,
Administrative Director of Comprehensive Health Program Downtown and Jack Martin Clinic, and Josie Guzman, Director of Community Outreach, The Mount Sinai Hospital

The art exhibition included contemporary work by Hispanic American and local artists living with or touched by HIV/AIDS and was designed to foster personal and professional development through cultural immersion. The reception included food, music and a meet & greet with some of the featured artists.

"We want our community to feel at home.  This has been our vision since we founded the program," said Matthew Baney, Administrative Director of Comprehensive Health Program Downtown and Jack Martin Clinic.

Dr. Barbara Johnston, Associate Clinical Director, explained, "We want to eradicate AIDS from this generation, but there isn’t a magic pill.  We welcomed this exhibit because art is about light and creativity, and these also are necessary in the battle against HIV/AIDS."

Dr. Johnston and artist Arid Orozco in front of his painting "Miss Sunshine". Members from the community listen to the stories behind each of the art pieces. Artists Jose Luis Rodriguez, Phillip Harris and Arid Orozco.

The event was timed to Hispanic Heritage Month and to commemorate advancements in HIV prevention and treatment.  The Latino community is one of the most affected by the disease.  In 2010 alone, 32% of the people diagnosed with HIV were Hispanic.

The art exhibit was coordinated by AOTA (Artists of The Americas), a company that aims to create awareness about art among corporations.  Featured artists included: Jose Luis Rodriguez, Stephen Cervantes, Arid Orozco, Jairo Botero and Phillip Harris.  

About his work, Arid Orozco, one of the artists and patient of the Comprehensive Health Program Downtown, said, "My mind flies like a bird when I am painting."

Dr. Johnston and artist Arid Orozco in front of his painting "Miss Sunshine".

Members from the community listen to the stories behind each of the art pieces.

Artists Jose Luis Rodriguez, Phillip Harris and Arid Orozco.