“Strong Minds, Healing Hands, Compassionate Hearts” – an art show, opening reception and fundraising dinner and auction – will celebrate more than 40 years of supporting the development of health-care professionals by the Office of Outreach and Multicultural Affairs (OMA) at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson and Phoenix. The events are presented by the OMA Community Advisory Board.
The art show is free and open to the public on weekdays, Monday, Aug. 22 through Friday, Sept. 9, at the UA Student Union Memorial Center, Union Gallery (Level 3), 1303 E. University Blvd., on the UA Main Campus, Tucson. Gallery hours are Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, noon to 6 p.m., and Thursdays, noon to 8 p.m. More than 20 local artists – including David Tineo, Alfred Quiroz, Juan Enriquez, John Salgado and Ceci Garcia – will be showcased. The artists are affiliated with the Raices Taller Art Gallery & Workshop (http://raicestaller222.webs.com), Tucson's only Latino-based contemporary nonprofit cooperative art gallery and workshop.
An opening reception to meet the artists featured in the exhibit will be held Friday, Aug. 26, 5 to 7 p.m., in the Union Gallery. The reception is free and open to the public.
The fundraising dinner and auction to support OMA’s student programs will be held Friday, Sept. 9, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in the UA Student Union Memorial Center Ballroom. Art may be previewed in anticipation of the auction from 4 to 6 p.m. This is a ticketed event. Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a program at 7 p.m. and an art auction beginning at 8 p.m.
The evening will include a blessing ceremony by Carlos Gonzales, MD, UA associate professor of family medicine, who attended OMA’s summer program for high school students, Med-Start, in 1972. Dr. Gonzales and other Med-Start alumni will be honored during the event.
Tickets are $60 per person, $100 per couple. Reservations are requested by Thursday, Sept. 1. For more information and to reserve tickets, please contact Dr. Sofia Ramos, event chair, (520) 471-1995, or email firstname.lastname@example.org (Those who are unable to attend the dinner/auction but would like to make a tax-deductible donation should contact Jennifer Potter, (520) 626-2271, email email@example.com)
“The UA plays a vital role in preparing doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other health-care professionals to meet the needs of our community, and the College of Medicine’s Office of Outreach and Multicultural Affairs supports the health-care workforce pipeline through programs that provide educational assistance from middle school through professional school and beyond,” says Ana María López, MD, MPH, FACP, associate dean for outreach and multicultural affairs and director at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson. “We are committed to preparing students to be health-care professionals who exemplify ‘Strong Minds, Healing Hands, Compassionate Hearts.’”
For more than 40 years, OMA’s Med-Start summer program has provided more than a thousand Arizona high school students with health career exploration opportunities. Additional OMA programs include undergraduate internships, graduate fellowships and virtual and on-site workshops covering such topics as admission to health professional school, the medical school admission process, mock interviews and mock Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) sessions.
For more information about OMA, visit the website www.diversity.medicine.arizona.edu