Arts & Resilience returns virtually Sept. 27

By Roman Petrowski, Office of Communications
September 21, 2023

The John P. McGovern, MD, Center for Humanities and Ethics’ Arts & Resilience program returns for the 2023-24 school year with four virtual presentations beginning Sept. 27.

Since its beginnings, the Arts & Resilience Program has welcomes highly accomplished fiction writers, musicians, actors, painters, poets, and filmmakers to engage with members of the McGovern Medical School and UTHealth Houston communities.

In 2023-24, each of the four Arts & Resilience sessions will be hosted virtually, via Zoom, beginning with Houston artist Kill Joy at noon, Sept. 27. Her work sits at the intersection where jungle meets desert. Kill Joy’s work is grounded in honoring the earth and seeking environmental and social justice. It is an interpretation of world mythology and a study of ancient symbols, and she integrates storytelling with calls to global, mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual awareness and action.

In November, the program welcomes Mathieu JN Baptiste, a Haitian artist who has been featured on the McGovern Medical School Art Wall. Baptiste uses paint and metal as tools to unite the world around him. He states, “This world is filled with confusions and misunderstandings as people struggle and strive in this beautifully, complex maze of life.” Baptiste’s art reflects the good, the hopeful, and the interconnectedness for a better world.

The third session will be held in early 2024 and features Nela Garzon and Gabriela Magana, while the final session in the spring of 2024 welcomes Preetika Rajgariah.

The Arts & Resilience Program is sponsored by the Dean’s Office in collaboration with the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics. For more information and a schedule, visit the program’s website here.