The Arts of Healing
Established by Lori and Isaac Raijman MD, The Arts of Healing Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization that blends the worlds of art and medicine. The foundation unites physicians from the major hospitals throughout the Texas Medical Center in an effort to encourage and celebrate the arts while simultaneously raising money for a variety of medical challenges.
Studies show that not only does art equip doctors with the creativity and practice to make them better physicians; it also enables them to better connect, empathize with, and support their patients.
With this in mind, The Arts of Healing is an annual art show where physicians exhibit their work at select retailers in Houston’s prestigious River Oaks District. From the visual displays of painting and photography, the musical offerings of rock or classical, these doctors and surgeons showcase their talent during this one special event.Funds for the selected charity are raised in a variety of ways- direct donation, sponsor/physician dinner, and a percentage of the total sales throughout the hosting retailers.
In addition to being an enlightening evening, these doctors’ artwork deepens their connections between one another, their patients, and the Houston medical community at large.The Arts of Healing event allows these participating physicians to stand out in the medical community as they share their gifts, talents, and appreciation for that matters closest to their hearts: the spread of creativity and the support of their patients.
Lori and Isaac Raijman
Lori Raijman has spent her career dedicated to giving others a voice through art. As a public school teacher of 24 years, Raijman watched as art became the tool for her at-risk students to express their hopes, personalities, and realities.
After retiring from teaching, Raijman began working as an art manager for her “surgeon by day, painter by night” husband, Isaac Raijman. Lori again noticed how art built a bridge between him, his patients, and colleagues and founded The Arts of Healing, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that blends the worlds of art and medicine.
Today The Arts of Healing’s annual art show is a one-night convergence of art and medicine. Scalpels, stethoscopes, and lab coats are put away as physicians of the Texas Medical Center show their artistic side all in the name of charities related to the medical fields in which they practice, deepening the connection to one another in the process.
As a mother, grandmother, educator, and now philanthropist, Raijman has made connecting communities and their respective causes through art, an art form in itself.