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POSTED: Saturday, August 7, 2010 - 5:16pm

UPDATED: Sunday, August 8, 2010 - 7:14am

El Paso - The Socorro Independent School District and the Sierra Providence Medical Center are giving students the opportunity to show off their artistic talent.  It is proving to be an unconventional dose of medicine that may be just what the doctor ordered for hundreds of patients.

It's an effort that is trying to bring the community together by showcasing elementary and high school students artistic flavors.

SISD Superintendent Xavier De La Torre argues this partnership is the perfect way to communicate his student's passion for the arts. "We promote this idea that art is a means for students to communicate their creativity, their imagination and this is the perfect canvas for that demonstration," said De La Torre.

This art exhibit gives the community a chance to experience some of the talent in their community within their schools.  Their students are helping to make the community richer," attests Medical Center CEO, Sally Hurt.

Melanie Delgado is one of more than 100 students from who has their paintings, drawings and pastel creations plastered on the walls. Delgado says it's a great feeling to see her piece displayed in a public forum. "I feel special because I can actually have an art piece put up and have kids look up and say, hey I can a piece of my artwork hung too, you know, if they try," the first place award winner states. 

It's not only a setting to enrich the community, but also one that lifts the spirits of patients by providing an escape.

The patients can kind of forget about their mishaps and just come and enjoy the art and forget about everything else," says parent Albert Delgado.

Hurt contends "There really is an art in healthcare, there's so much art can do to have an impact on the mindset of patients."

The students artwork will be on display in the hospital for the next several weeks. The gallery is free and open to the public.

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