25th Annual Evening of the Arts is April 9

April 7, 2016

This Saturday marks the 25th anniversary of the IU School of Medicine Evening of the Arts, an annual event showcasing the creative talents of IUSM students, faculty, and staff, with proceeds benefitting local health care clinics in Indianapolis.

In its 25th year, the Evening of the Arts continues to showcase the talents of IUSM faculty, staff and students. | Photo By IU School of Medicine

The show features singing, dancing, comedy, soccer ball-juggling, classical music, ukuleles, the IUSM Orchestra, and a performance highlighting the Indian Raas, Bhangra, and Bollywood styles of dance. The night also includes dinner and a silent auction with art donated by the IUSM and Indianapolis communities, and gifts donated by local businesses.

History of Evening of the Arts

The Evening of the Arts was founded by Jose Espada, director of Medical Student Financial Services, Mark Ray Albrecht, M.D., Class of 1993, and Keith Woodard, M.D., Class of 1992. In the spring of 1991, Albrecht, Woodard and Espada performed at the Association of American Medical Colleges annual meeting held in Indianapolis. Inspired by the performance, Albrecht suggested developing a variety show that would showcase the talents of medical students. Thus, Evening of the Arts was born. The first show brought in over $2,500 in profits that went toward the outfitting of the Wheeler Mission Ministries Saturday clinic, where Albrecht and Woodard volunteered. The funds purchased a computer and a supply cabinet to secure supplies. Espada remained involved with the production of Evening of the Arts for many years and will perform this Saturday.

Among highlights of pervious years is the Evening of the Arts 1998 show, when medical students formed a choir and performed The Lion King suite. In the same year, the Center for Battered Women was invited to be a part of the performance with their children. It was an inspiring finale that is remembered by all who were involved that year. 

Making a difference in the local community

Over the past 25 years, Evening of the Arts has donated tens of thousands of dollars to local health care clinics for the underserved populations of Indianapolis. The proceeds from this year’s show will benefit Wheeler Mission, Gennesaret Free Clinics, St. Thomas Clinic, and the Indiana University Student Outreach Clinic. Funds donated to these clinics are raised through ticket sales, the silent auction, and donations from individuals and businesses.

The show’s operations are supported by the Joel Priddy Evening of the Arts Endowment, established by the friends and family of Joel Priddy, who passed from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma during his second year of medical school in 2000. Priddy hosted and helped produce Evening of the Arts in his first and second years of medical school.

Evening of the Arts is a special part of IUSM history and tradition as it serves as a creative outlet for the hidden talents often buried under piles of books and late-night study sessions. It’s common to hear audience members comment on the sheer amount of creative ability contained within the medical campus. The range of talents their classmates display often amazes students. Members of the IUSM community have the chance to perform for an audience while benefitting a worthy and relevant cause.

See this year’s show

This year’s Evening of the Arts showcase takes place at 5 pm on Saturday, April 9, at Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet School, 1140 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202. Tickets are $12 for students and $15 for non-students and can be purchased at the door or online in advance at www.iusmeota.com.  

Written by:

Sonia Phadke, IUSM Evening of the Arts co-chair, Class of 2017

Jose Espada, director, Medical Student Financial Services