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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Cinderblocks 3 is coming!!!

Cinderblocks 3: The Partnership with Patients Continues is an art and medical conference that will be held in Grantsville, MD at Penn Alps Resturant and Little Crossings by The Cornucopia CafĂ© May 19-21, 2016.   I founded this event with the help of several other epatients and I am happy to see it enter its third year. I am known in healthcare circles as the artist that founded the international patient right’s movement called The Walking Gallery.  I and 43 other artists paint patients stories on the backs of jackets that people wear to medical conferences.  I see Cinderblocks 3 a continuation of the message of The Walking Gallery and as venue that prizes the patient and provider in equal measure.  We will use our days at this conference to focus on improving health care everywhere.

Presenters during the regular conference sessions include Dave deBronkart, an internationally renowned patient rights advocate and cancer survivor and Mary Camp, a patient experience strategist at Memotext, presenting on the user experience in healthcare and Ontario's Colin Hung co-founder of Healthcare leader chat will present also.  Local speakers include Garrett Regional Medical Center, President and CEO, Mark Boucot as well as Garrett County Commissioner Paul Edwards. I will post a full conference agenda soon.

Conference tickets are available online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cinderblocks3-the-partnership-with-patients-continues-tickets-19821171658 for any individual wanting to attend the event.  There are a variety of ticket levels for all who want to take part.  The conference sessions will run from 8:00 am to 3:00pm each day. 


On Thursday, May 19th at 6:00pm a dedication will be held for Salt and Pepper Studios: the new home for the Walking Gallery.  Conference attendees are invited to come to 189 Main Street in Grantsville and see the art center that I am creating.  Refreshments will be provided and the dedication is free and open to the public.  



On Friday, May 20th the conference will host a free concert at Little Crossings field behind the Cassleman Bridge. The Walking Gallery will gather at 6:00 at the Casselman Bridge.  Several local acts will perform starting at 6:30 pm.  At 8:00 pm country and western singer, Wade Hayes will perform both old and new songs and he will explain his cancer journey.  The final performer will be fire dancer and physical therapy student Aaron Smith.





Saturday, May 21st, is the last day of Cinderblocks3 and on this day the content will be live-streamed to Switzerland.   There will also be artists displaying their work at an Art in the Park event at Casselman Bridge State Park. We highly encourage attendees to walk through the park and see all the art on display.  Little Crossings will also host juried artists and local food venders for an Artisan and Epicurean Faire.  Shuttle service will be available from town to the Penn Alps Campus Friday night and Saturday during the day.

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