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.
Karen Warren
Karen Warren has been creating art since childhood. She studied art at Michigan State University and Central Washington State University. She enjoys working with various mediums including, oil paint, acrylics, watercolor, metals, and mixed media. A big part of her creative process is experimentation. She is drawn to new materials, combining them in different methods. She discovered gel plate painting and printing a few years ago and has developed many ways to create beautiful art for both beginners and those who are experienced.
Gabrielle Freeman
Gabrielle Brant Freeman's award winning and Pushcart nominated poetry has been published in many journals, including Barrelhouse, The Emerson Review, EMRYS, The Rumpus, Scoundrel Time, Shenandoah, story South, Waxwing, and Whale Road Review. Press 53 published her first book of poetry, When She Was Bad. She was twice awarded a regional artist grant through the North Carolina Arts Council. Freeman earned her MFA through Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. She teaches at East Carolina University, and she lives with her family in Eastern North Carolina.