Tulane Health System’s Arts in Medicine (AIM) program has partnered with the George Rodrigue Foundation for Arts, Mardi Gras Customs and Yaya Studios to present the 3rd annual  PaintFest at Tulane Lakeside Hospital for Women and Children (4700 S I-10 Service Road W., Metairie, LA 70001) from 10 a.m.-noon on Aug. 18. The event welcomes the general public to join patients and their families for a morning of artistic fun.

Children and adults are invited to help create murals, 3D art and art inspired by the New Orleans 300th Anniversary. The completed artwork will be displayed in the halls of Tulane Lakeside Hospital for patients and visitors to enjoy for years to come. Attendees will also be invited to create their own works of art on blank canvases that they will be able to take home. Additionally, there will be a music area, story corner and face painting.

“This event encompasses everything AIM believes. We love bringing color and character to the halls of our hospital, making our patients’ day a little better,” said Julie Connelly, coordinator of the AIM program.

Tulane Health System recognizes the integral role of arts in healing the spirit and transforming the hospital experience, which is why the Arts in Medicine Program was created in 2010. PaintFest is another way to use engaging visuals and artwork to express comfort and love.

The event on is free and open to the public.