Inspire Arts Program

Inspire Arts Logo

The Inspire Arts program seeks to promote a healing environment through art that helps reduce the stress and anxiety often associated with health care environments. A variety of services such as music, visual arts, and performing arts improve the patient experience by building hope, inspiring creativity, and affirming that every individual matters.

Upcoming Events

Inspire Arts is proud to participate in the Community Celebration of Arts in Healthcare, sponsored by the Midwest Arts in Healthcare Network. For more information on these Inspire Arts exhibits and events, call 612-873-2208. See for more Community Celebration information and events.

Art Exhibits and Music

Inspire Arts Sculpture Photo

Inspire Arts presents rotating art exhibits in three locations in the Medical Center, featuring both flat art work and smaller three-dimensional work. Our primary location for exhibits is the Skyway (Level 2) between the Red and Orange Buildings; we also display art in cases in the Purple Building Lobby and Blue Building Lower Level Lobby. In addition to the visual art exhibits, art can also be found throughout the Medical Center.

Inspire Arts also embraces the healing quality of music, providing almost daily volunteer piano playing from noon to 1:00 p.m. in our Purple Lobby (weekdays), and music concerts in Medical Center lobbies and inpatient units.

How to Participate

Inspire Arts Mother and Child Painting

Share your ideas and artist referrals.
Volunteer for Inspire Arts through the Volunteer Services Hospital Program.
Make a tax-deductible donation to Inspire Arts programs.
Apply to exhibit your work by mailing your resume, artist statement, and slides.

Contact: Wenda Lyons Ballinger, Arts Program Coordinator
(612) 873-2208

Mailing Address:
Inspire Arts
701 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Patient and Staff Reviews

"I wished to write and congratulate you on your efforts to make HCMC a beautiful and more hospitable place. I am especially impressed by the series of art works that have been placed on display on the skyway level over the course of the past several months. Patients and families have also commented to me on their appreciation of these exhibits. Please accept my best regards on your efforts. It makes coming to work a pleasure, simply in order to see what exhibits are on display." — Staff Member

"Thank you for the beautiful art selections you provided to us last week. Not only are they beautiful, but they serve as a momentary getaway to peace and tranquility for all who have the pleasure to enjoy them. Suddenly, instead of walking down our dreary hallway we are taken in by the artistic beauty that surrounds us and we are compelled to "slow down" for even just a moment to enjoy our surroundings." — Staff Member

Inspire Arts Artist with Patient Photo

"Hi! I am a heart patient. I think you should do more of these [art exhibits]. Keep up the good work. May God bless you all." — Patient, comment card

"Absolutely wonderful art! I love that Hennepin County Medical Center is as diversified as it is. I'm very pleased." — Visitor, comment card

"I had a nice time playing piano today. A homeless guy sang with me, and a deaf lady requested "Silent Night" and beautifully signed along to the music." — Volunteer

"Just wanted you to know how much I appreciate the development of your Inspire Arts program and thoroughly enjoyed the string quartet that played last week. It was exciting to see talented, enthusiastic young musicians perform." — Physician