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Arts for the DisAbled - Arts in Healthcare

Using alcohol ink and bright colors, Rose McGahee has always enjoyed creating art. “Art, for me is therapeutic. It’s a way to relax and reset, so to speak. I think it’s that way for a lot of people.” Which is why she not only volunteers for the Arts in Healthcare program at Lee Health, she also participates in the Art by the DisABLEd program. “We’re just doing art to make people happy. People come to the hospital sick and worried, and it’s just a distraction that can help anybody,” she said. The Arts in healthcare program offers things like music therapy, and arts and crafts to patients in their hospital room. But another part of the program highlights artwork with local disabled artists. “There’s down syndrome, we have a lot of legally blind artists that we work with, intellectually and physically disabled, but they all bring their magic to their work,” said Doug MacGregor, Arts in Healthcare program coordinator with Lee Health. Rose lives with paralysis—but says that doesn’t stop her from creating art to inspire and comfort others. “It’s something that can bring us all together,” she said. Each year, disabled artists can submit their artwork to the Lee Health for a calendar contest. “We come up with a calendar each year, and the winning artist gets to be placed on top of the calendar. To actually have it displayed and for sale for the general community to see it just gives them a boost,” said MacGregor. Using art as a form of healing, inspiration, and encouragement. View More Health Matters video segments at Lee Health in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of health care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For more than 100 years, we’ve been providing our community with personalized preventative health services and primary care to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Lee Health - Caring People. Inspiring Care. Visit