23. January 2013 15:31
MapleCreek Senior Living in Grand Rapids honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with an event, “Celebrating Diversity through the Arts” on January 21, 2013.
The day started with a visual art display - residents and families contributed art that they either created themselves or was special to them in some way. Visitors and residents found this display very interesting - as it included pieces from the Netherlands, Djibouti, Africa, Japan as well assome beautiful hand-made pieces.
The program included musical performances and a panel of experts from Grand Rapids-area hospitals.
Two speakers spoke about what their organization is doing to promote inclusion and diversity; Frank Grant, HR Center of Expertise-System Inclusion & Diversity for Spectrum Health and Bradford Mathis, Director of Community Benefits, Integration and Health Care for St. Mary’s. Eric Foster, Inclusion and Diversity consultant was the emcee for the event.
"We hold this event because it allows us to celebrate how art and diversity play an important role not only in our everyday life at MapleCreek, but also within the Grand Rapids community,” said Jay Prince, executive director for MapleCreek. “We are excited to have Frank, Eric and Bradford speak about how they are promoting diversity in our local hospitals.”
For those who braved the blizzard outside to attend this event, the day was heartwarming.