On Saturday, April 8, men and women flooded into the main hall of Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School. IU School of Medicine (IUSM) was hosting their 26th annual Evening of the Arts (EOTA).
EOTA is a silent art auction, as well as a variety talent show put on by IUSM students, faculty and staff in support of local health clinics.
This year the event benefitted the IU Student Outreach Clinic, St. Thomas Clinic, Wheeler Mission, and Gennesaret Free Clinic.
Since the 1980s, IUSM students have been volunteering time and effort to raise money and volunteer at local health clinics around the city. These clinics provide low-cost medical care to the homeless and underserved of Indianapolis and surrounding areas.
In 1992, a group of IUSM students and faculty wanted to showcase their artistic talents as well as raise money to help out their causes, which lead to the first EOTA event. Since its creation, the event has helped donate tens of thousands of dollars in support to local health clinics.
“Twenty-six years ago, Jose Espada, our financial advisor, actually helped organize and start the event. He still performs every year,” Mary Hon, event co-chair said.
This year, there were 15 dedicated committee members who worked to put the event together. They work year-round to prepare for the event and ensure that everything will run smoothly.
“EOTA is a great charity show hosted by IUSM including our own Student Outreach Clinic. We put on a student body talent show as well as faculty, people donate art for the art auction and all of the proceeds go to these clinics,” Hon said.
They also had a table set up with raffles. People could buy tickets to enter the drawings for different local restaurants, breweries, comic stores and other organizations in the area.
The art in the silent auction is primary student work, while some pieces were brought in and donated from the community.
“Everyone who is a part of this event puts a lot of work into it,” Michael Ye, president of the event committee said. “Originally, I got involved in it not because it raises money for these amazing charities, which it does, but I like performing and I love the arts, and medical school is really busy so there’s not a lot of time to pursue other interests.”
This event not only raises money for the clinics, but it also gives medical students a break from the intensity of medical school.
“EOTA gives medical students a chance to be kind of human as well,” Ye said.
Some students volunteer in the clinics, as well as raising money for the local clinics at this event. It allows them to get more involved in the charity as well as allowing them to see their struggle and see the impact that they are making on these people.
“There’s still a lot of ground to cover, but any little bit of anything that we can do to help, I think it makes a positive impact on the community,” Ye said.