This past week-end myself and ATWB Advisory Council member Elizabeth Warson attended a planning meeting for In Service to Our Nation: Arts and Crafts and the Military at the Art School @ George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. This research project funded from the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design (The University of North Carolina Asheville) is being led by Dr. Tara Leigh Tappert to showcase and study arts & crafts in the military for rehabilitation, vocational training and as recreation to promote well being and healing. The day included presentations by Dr. Tappert and Patrick Sargent, a tour of the George Mason Printmaking Studio and brainstorming ideas for supporting Dr. Tappert’s grant. The meeting brought together artists, organizations, and professionals from the arts and the military, arts and healing, and arts and crafts practitioners, including our partner The Combat Paper Project and another ATWB Advisory Council Member, CPP Co-Founder Drew Matott.
Dr. Tappert presented on several themes that she has created to describe the arts role in the military such as Recruit, Record, Rehabilitate, Recreate, Remember, React, Respect, and Reorient. Below are some links, artists, and projects to check out related to Dr. Tappert’s themes:
- Military Recruitment Posters
- Sketchpad Warrior– Combat Artist, Marines- Sgt. Kristopher J. Battles
- Fire & Ice– War Artist and Correspondent, Michael D. Fay- Marines (retired)
- Wounded in Action: An Art Exhibition of Orthopaedic Advancements
- National Veterans Creative Arts Festival
- Eyes Wide Open– An Exhibit About the Human Cost of War
- Operation Homecoming
- 100 Portraits of War Experience
- The Combat Paper Project
Art Therapy Without Borders looks forward to learning more about this project and assisting with its development and promotion!