Charlotte Kesl, the program coordinator, said 352Creates was meant to inspire creativity and highlight how it plays a role in health. The program was inspired by UF Health’s Arts in Medicine program.
“It kind of humanizes the hospital experience, so this is an extension of that,” Kesl said.
She said the event also builds community. The main event on Saturday had dozens of groups come out to dance, sing, do crafts and more. Throughout the day there were also talks about visual arts, a kids station and yoga.
The initiative also included more than 80 other events across 13 counties in North Central Florida
Everett Yancey, who volunteered at the event as part of his internship with Arts in Medicine, said he was fortunate to get involved because he loves the work Arts in Medicine does.
“They help people, they are genuinely concerned with bettering people’s lives,” Yancey said.
Leslie Tharp, a 33-year-old Gainesville resident, spends her time transforming scraps of metal into works of art. When Tharp isn’t working on commissioned projects for businesses, the city of Gainesville and individuals, she’s teaching classes and leading workshops on blacksmithing.