January 2019
At the National Arts Program, we empower organizations across the country to host art exhibitions that showcase the creativity of their employees and families. By providing critical resources, national reach, and inclusive program design, we are the only nonprofit that supports employee engagement in ways that validate individual expression, forge new connections, and transform spaces.
The first ever NAP exhibition to be held in the state of Alabama opened at Huntsville Hospital Health System this past November with great success. The show, which featured more than 170 pieces from over 100 artists, completely filled the available wall space of the busy connector hallway between hospitals.  
Having never hosted an employee art exhibit previously, the triumph of their initial show can be directly attributed to the hard work and dedication that Melissa Lawson, Arts in Medicine Coordinator, has for the role the arts play in the healing environment. After reseaching other arts and medicine programs, Melissa knew immediately that she wanted to bring this wonderful opportunity to the employees at Huntsville.

Airport Foundation MSP, which manages the arts and culture program at MSP International Airport, hired Ben Owen as the program’s new director this past summer. Ben hit the ground running with many exhibits and projects already in the works, including their annual National Arts Program exhibit which is in its eighth year. Having more than 10 years of experience in public art management for statewide public art agencies, Ben was an ideal fit for managing both the NAP exhibit and the many other arts and music programs that are ongoing at the Airport. 
The NAP showcase at MSP Airport had waned somewhat in participation over the past few years, but Ben changed all that. His positive energy and hard work brought about a huge increase in artist participation. Fifty percent increase to be exact! A total of 150 pieces of employee and family art are currently proudly displayed in Concourse C of the MSP Airport. 

The staff of the National Arts Program were in attendance to help the City of Philadelphia celebrate their Nineteenth Annual show this year. 
For this year’s showcase, the Best in Show was selected by Brian Abernathy, new Managing Director for the City of Philadelphia. The first, second and third place awards for each category were selected by Rafael Damast, Exhibit Program Manager and Curator at Taller Puertorriqueno. Known as The Cultural Heart of Latino Philadelphia, Taller Puertorriqueño uses art to promote development within its community and build bridges to the Greater Philadelphia region. 
The City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy does a tremendous job executing their NAP show each year. This year they hung over 180 pieces by 113 artists. The artists, employees, and their families were invited to celebrate the opening of the exhibition in the Mayor’s Reception Room in City Hall.