Providing art resources to VA Medical Centers and presenting expressive events on the military and the veterans who served.
By encouraging and supporting an aesthetic response to military service, we emphasize the unique diversity of military veterans and create a new identity for veterans as artists, altering the view of veterans as always in need of healing. Through community collaborations towards arts programming, we engage our audiences to reflect on what it means to serve in the military (historically and present day) and the unique experiences associated with that service.
Our Artistic Tools program provides art resources such as paint and brushes, musical instruments, and cameras to veterans by working in tandem with professional therapists within veterans’ medical facilities who care for veterans daily or through outpatient programs.
Our art exhibits and music presentations work to educate the public, empower veterans to create through art, and also bring veterans and their communities together through common understandings. In presenting these programs, we partner with VA Medical Centers, academic institutions (through curriculum intergration), military installations and veterans organizations to ensure we are reaching our audience with our message.
We meld contemporary veterans’ issues with community-based support to highlight the importance of developing (through our Artistic Tools program) and recognizing veteran’s participation in society and culture.
By supporting an aesthetic response to military service through performances, we educate the public about the contributions and struggles of veterans and provide a unique perspective for veterans as people who have a wide and eclectic societal pallet that might alter the ways in which they see themselves and are seen by the public.
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Shepherdstown, West Virginia, United States
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