EAST ORANGE, NJ - The Arts Council of East Orange (ACEO) hosted the first ever, Artists Meet & Greet at the East Orange General Hospital yesterday evening. Another event is planned for this coming Thursday evening July 21st at 5:30-7:30pm.

Under the direction of its new CEO Otis Story, East Orange General Hospital (EOGH) has a mission to improve the health of the community by working collaboratively to provide high quality, efficient, safe and accessible health care services with the utmost respect and compassion; recognizing that the arts are essential to the health and well-being of patients, their loved ones, staff, volunteers and visitors, EOGH plans to become a venue for the exhibiting and promotion of art from the Greater East Orange and Essex County community.  

In the ongoing revitalization of its facilities, EOGH in collaboration with the Arts Council of East Orange (ACEO), plans to enhance the hospital with art work from the surrounding community, which will include opportunities for the purchase and exhibition of various mediums of original art work.

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"I haven't been this excited about anything in East Orange in a very long time”, were the words of East Orange native, artist Trisha Chamberlain after the historic first Artist Meet and Greet Trisha, 70, was born in the hospital and considers the possibility of having her artwork here, "truly full-circle”!

Event organizer and ACEO Vice President, Linda Street gave a personal ‘thank you’ to the artists that helped “ACEO launch our exciting collaboration with East Orange General Hospital. As an advocate for the arts, my appreciation includes the aesthetic beauty and power in the visual interpretation of the human experience. Truly art is activism! But my cause and work is equally focused on stimulating economic development from the arts and creative entrepreneurial initiatives! So when these rare and highly sought after opportunities arise, that institutions and organizations actively seek to make financial investments in the local artists and creatives, I need my community, clients and colleagues to be in the conversation! And indeed they are”.