Veterans Art Program
“She was shaking so bad, I was her hands. It was an honor.” - program volunteer
The emotional benefits and even healing impact of art-making brings a special form of solace, calm and confidence to veterans who suffer the effects of combat. In partnership with the McGuire Veterans Hospital, men and women with PTSD and other combat related disabilities are offered the opportunity to both develop art-making skills and complete special art projects that build a sense of community and create inspiring alternatives for dealing with emotional pain and isolation. Accommodations are made for handicapped and special needs veterans. This Art for the Journey program impacts over 100 veterans each year.
[Cindy Paullin]: When we invite our veterans to come out to the studio they usually come in a big veterans bus and they drive down on this gorgeous green and it's a retreat, immediately. They hop off the bus and it's accessible here and we set we set up tables and we have volunteers and we share an experience in the art studio. We now hopefully educate inspire and prepare people to work with veterans and we're doing that with our women's prison program and we are focused as well educationally on our children's program so it's it's more than just art. It's more than just friendship or intergenerational connection. It's it's approachable, doable, and exponentially impactful.