Evening of the Arts
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School
Since the late 1980's, IUSM students have volunteered their time and efforts to a number of local homeless health care clinics. These clinics provide medical care to the homeless and working poor of Indianapolis and its surrounding areas. With help from IUSM faculty, medical students help to meet the needs of those who might often be overlooked in the community. Through these volunteer efforts, students have gained valuable experiences in the many complex social economic and cultural issues that exist in the Indianapolis population. In return, these clinics are greatly benefited by the help the student volunteers provide. Unfortunately, lack of funding often limits the ability of the clinics to provide quality medical care.
In 1992, a group of medical students wanted a forum to showcase the many artisitc and musical talents of their colleagues. From this discussion, the idea of a variety show featuring medical students, faculty, administrators and more recently, Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet students, was born.
As the idea blossomed, the students decided that these talents should be tied into the volunteer efforts at the homeless health care clinics. On April 25, 1992 the first EotA took center stage and has been an annual extravaganza ever since. The tradition of donating the proceeds from EotA to local health clinics was also established. Since its conception, EotA has been proud to donate over $22,000 in support of the health needs of central Indiana's homeless population.
THE JOEL PRIDDY EVENING OF THE ARTS ENDOWMENT (JPEofA) was established by friends and family of Joe Priddy to support the efforts of the annual Evening of the Arts production. Joel was an integral part of the show working behind the scenes and also serving as the show's host. During his second year of medical school, Joel was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Although Joel's life was cut short on September 6, 2000, his wit, humor, carefree style, and intense love of life live on. It was the Priddy family's wish that the JPEotA Endowment be a lasting tribute to Joel and his dedication to art and medicine. The JPEotA Endowment will allows Evening of the Arts to enrich the lives of many in the Indianapolis community for many years to come.
For more information visit EotA website here.