Amy Peck, ’89, is working with Jane Crandell-Glass, mother of Jonathan Glass (’89) on the Arts in Medicine Program at LSUHSC-Shreveport/Feist-Weiller Cancer Center. Ms. Crandell-Glass and Amy were introduced by Catherine Credeur, also ’89, an oncology social worker at LSUHSC-S. Ms. Crandell-Glass needed additional artists to work with AIM. She asked Catherine about artists from LSMSA. The project seemed to be a perfect fit for Amy’s background in applied art. The introduction was made and Amy is now sketching for the program on a part-time basis.
The AIM program involves cancer patients and caregivers in an art project. An artist (Amy or one of several other artists working with the program) sketches a well-known painting on a canvas. The canvas is then divided into grids that patients paint from their chemo chairs or hospital beds. Completed grids are then reassembled to form a painting ready for hanging. Patients involved in an artistic outlet feel less stress, and for the moment they are relieved of the pressures of their disease. Some of Amy’s sketches have been turned into these assembled artworks.
The Feist-Weiller Cancer Center newsletter welcomed Amy’s involvement with AIM. "...and our newest star, Amy Peck, a graduate of the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts in Natchitoches and the Atlanta College of Art. Amy also attended the Art Academy of Cinicinnati and is currently a professional museum worker. She has had many art exhibits, and her art has been represented in many galleries in the South." You can tell that Ms. Crandell-Glass, as an LSMSA alumni mom, values Amy’s LSMSA arts education and her expertise in engaging people in art as a part of everyday life.