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.
From Ray Charles' early years in Florida to homegrown stars like Linda Lyndell and Little Jake Mitchell, John Capouya shines a spotlight on the underappreciated contribution Florida has made to the history of soul music in America. "Race is really the context for almost all of the stories I tell." "When white kids started listening to soul music, it really helped the whole movement toward integration of this country that when that music was accepted by a generation, it’s something you can’t quantify, but I think it made a difference."