Project America
Summer BBQ to Raise $$$
Thursday, August 29th, 2013 No comments
On June 8th ArtReach: Project America hosted a fundraiser in downtown Tucker GA to honor our local Veterans and donors who live in the Tucker neighborhood. Kudos go especially to the Project America Steering Committee who worked tirelessly to provide a fun day filled with live music by Woodall North, a silent auction, food, Veterans’ art and poetry, a raffle, bake sale with donations from Brookstone Women’s Sorority, Imagination Station and handmade jewelry booths! All proceeds support Project America expenses. We are grateful for the community sponsors who made this event possible with their many donations: Baking Technologies St. Bede’s...
ArtReach Teams On the Road Again!
Thursday, August 29th, 2013 No comments
National Summit for the Arts and Military Health Trainers and Project America Advisors traveled to Walter Reed Medical Center in mid-April to present our Model and our Veteran Peer Training Program at the Second National Summit for the Arts and Military Health. They participated in an “open mike” evening, attended a reception at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence, and contributed to the development of guidelines for policy, practice, and research in the arts with military and veterans. Presenting at NIH ArtReach Trainers were invited to present at the 2013 National Institute of Health’s Management Seminar Series. This May 16...
An Amazing ArtReach Trainer Goes to Washington
Thursday, August 29th, 2013 No comments
The ArtReach Foundation has always been fortunate to find qualified compassionate professionals to become its Trainers who help children and adults, whether home or abroad, to recover from acts of violence from war or natural disaster. Often these individuals exhibit great courage by speaking out publicly about their own silent wounds. ArtReach: Project America is honored to have people like BriGette McCoy, who not only is one of our outstanding Peer Veteran Trainers, but is now serving her fellow military veterans by going on record with her story. A heartfelt thanks goes to BriGette in the work she is doing...
Reflections from a Trainer-in-Training – A Journal Entry, April 2013
Monday, April 29th, 2013 No comments
Transformation by Annie Aiken, M.Ed. Allow me to begin this entry with a brief introduction. My name is Annie Aiken and I have a diverse background working with individuals and communities coping with violence and persistent poverty in Savannah, Georgia. I began my ArtReach journey four years ago following a suggestion from my father, a Gulf War Veteran, who had become interested in ArtReach: Project America. With a life- long passion for the creative arts and personal interest in the effects of trauma, I enthusiastically signed up for a one-day introductory workshop in Atlanta, Georgia. I was eager to learn...
April is Month of The Military Child
Monday, April 1st, 2013 No comments
Each year at this time our nation recognizes the contributions that military children make as their parent or parents serve in the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, or Coast Guard. There are nearly two million military-connected children. As students, they move and change schools about three times more frequently than their civilian classmates. They live with the challenges of parental deployments, and a host of life transitions that include reintegration and, for many, the return of a profoundly changed parent. More than 900,000 of these children have had a parent deploy multiple times and more than 44,700 children...
Save the Date!! Sat. June 8 noon-4p ArtReach BBQ Fundraiser Tucker
Friday, March 29th, 2013 No comments
Project America will host a Fundraiser in downtown Tucker GA honoring our ArtReach Board members, Advisors, Trainers, Donors, and all Veterans who live in the Tucker neighborhood. We invite all veterans, families, and ArtReach friends to the party. Featuring live music, a silent auction, selection of chicken, pork, beef, or vegetarian lunch, an arts studio, Veteran art and poetry displays, bake sale, and Imagination Station. Buy your tickets EARLY online at discount price: adult $20, child $12.50. Click here to get your tickets and to sign up!...
ArtReach Trainers lead series of Spring Workshops and attend National Summit for the Arts and Military Health in DC
Thursday, March 28th, 2013 No comments
Trainers continue to lead Project America and Introductory workshops this Spring. Three Trainers returned to Eastern Kentucky University in March to lead student veteran and faculty/artist/clinician workshops on campus, coordinated by Veteran Trainee Travis Martin. Two other Trainers led a Women Warriors/Women Clinicians/Women Artists workshop in Atlanta, co-led by Veteran Trainee BriGette McCoy. April workshops include two at a Georgia National Guard Youth Retreat, and an Introductory workshop (April 27) which will also be part of a Phase 2 Training Program weekend. Trainers and Project America Advisors travel to Walter Reed Medical Center in mid-April to present our Model and...
April 27, 2013 ArtReach Trainers Host Open Arts Studio, Veterans Stand Down, Columbus GA
Thursday, March 28th, 2013 No comments
Three ArtReach Trainers will host an ArtReach Open Arts Studio for the second consecutive year at the 6th Annual Homeless Veterans Stand Down and Resource Fair in Columbus GA on April 27. This one day event offers veterans medical screenings; clothing, haircuts, and meals; legal, spiritual, and employment counseling; a Job Fair, and other sources of support. Our Trainers will set up in the Women Veterans area, offering opportunities to create art, meditate, write, and connect through the expressive arts. We appreciate Trainer and Board Member Priscilla Omega’s continuing leadership once again this year in coordinating our presence at this...
ArtReach in the Gwinnett Daily Post
Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 No comments
Article by Susan Larson Snippet: When I attended an organizational meeting for the newly formed ArtReach Foundation in Duluth in 1999, founder, Susan Anderson blissfully explained her proposed mission of taking art supplies to war torn Bosnia to help children emotionally heal from the trauma of war. To me, it all seemed overwhelming. To Anderson it was just a matter of following Joseph Campbell’s words: “Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.” Read more here:
Project America Trainers co-lead Warrior Family Retreat Labor Day Weekend
Monday, November 5th, 2012 No comments
Three ARPA Trainers spent Labor Day weekend 2012 co-leading creative sessions at a Fort Gordon Warrior Transition Battalion retreat held for more than a dozen Army and Marine families at Camp Bishop Gravatt in Aiken SC. Christiane O’Hara, Kathy Boardman, and Priscilla Omega led adult and youth Icebreaker sessions, an ArtReach workshop, Warrior’s Path and Family Appreciation sessions, and a final youth arts session. In the final youth session, a 10 foot mural was created of Family Stars in the Sky, and a song in round was taught that celebrated the Nature metaphor selected for the retreat. This retreat marked...
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