19 June 2012

Grants Galore! And we are GRATEFUL!

I am very pleased to share that the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation and the Puffin Foundation have recently awarded the Vet Art Project grants. The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation grant will help underwrite drama therapy programming in Northeast Ohio including workshops with veterans at area shelters and with Warriors Journey Home, a therapeutic theater program at the Parma VA, and in support of the national launch of Vet Art Project America Retreat that will offer transformational arts programming for veterans and family members as well as train creative arts therapists and counselors in the philosophy of the project to build projects in their home communities.  The Puffin Foundation will support this programming helping to purchase supplies and more.

A recent benefit performance titled Theatre of War was produced in Chicago at the Chopin Theater which offered artists interpretations of their connection to or disconnection from war. This funding will support programming in Chicago as well as helping Chicago-area veterans and family members attend the Vet Art Project America Retreat in Northeast Ohio. For more details on this wonderful event, please see below post.

18 June 2012

A site for Veterans' Art

I was recently contacted by a veteran who used art as a big part of his recuperation process and he's started a FaceBook page. This group is a place where veterans can post artwork that they've created as part of their journeys. I hope to post some of Dan's artwork here soon.

Here's the description:
Artwork by Veterans inspires greater understanding of the real impact of war with a focus on the healing aspect Art provides. The page is set up as a museum to collect, preserve and exhibit art inspired by military service and created by veterans

04 June 2012

Plans, Programs & More

From distant shores . . .
to the bluest peaks . . .
we have witnessed the majesty that is Mother Nature and fed ourselves . . .
In addition to the fabulous performances that made up Theatre of War, other news in the world of the Vet Art Project includes . . .

  • BeatRoot: A Spiritual Journey through Movement continues since January 2012
  • Women Warriors Project began in NE Ohio in April of this year
  • Stress-Reduction Workshops at Shelters for Formerly Homeless Veterans
  • Therapeutic Theater Workshop at a VAMC

Additional recent support provided by . . .

  • Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation
  • Warriors Journey Home
  • Family & Community Services
  • First Grace UCC

Upcoming programming includes . . .

  • Creative Arts Workshop Series with Vet Art Project Chicago in conjunction with other Chicago-area veterans arts organizations
  • Vet Art Project America Retreat: A transformative creative arts retreat for veterans and family members with follow-up experiential training for creative arts therapists and counselors
  • Women Warriors Survivor Project
We continue to illuminate the world through story and building community