The Art League is always looking for new audiences who can benefit from art’s potential for healing and growth.
In 2011, this led to the creation of the ongoing IMPART outreach program serving our local military community. More recently, we’ve also been honored to partner with the Printmaking Center of New Jersey to offer a new venue for their program, Combat Paper.
With the motto “Deconstruct, Reclaim, Communicate,” Combat Paper is a free week-long workshop for veterans and service members in which they share stories, make paper from their uniforms, create artwork on the paper, and show the work in an exhibit:
“Combat Paper NJ is run by veterans, for veterans. It provides safe and comfortable settings where veterans can use art to help them recover from physical, psychological and emotional effects of war. In weekly drop-in sessions, on college campuses, on community centers, VA Hospitals, and Military Installations, Combat Paper NJ brings printmaking and the ancient art of hand-papermaking to all veterans from all conflicts.”
How cool is that? One Combat Paper workshop took place at The Art League back in January, followed by a brief exhibit in the solo room of our gallery. The next workshop is coming up next week — see below for info about an exhibit to follow! Click here for more information about the program. You can also read more about it in this PBS NewsHour story.
Update, 3/27: Here’s the info for the exhibit, happening Friday night at the Duke Street Annex: