Free course for artists on working with Veterans

Free course for artists on working with Veterans



a new free training course is being offered now to our teachers and community artists who want to work with veterans the purpose is to give the artists the tools and resources they need to make the biggest impact in the lives of vets WMAR two News Megan Knight has the story art has always been a part of 73 year old Herman branch's life and he says at times it's also been a lifesaver because we're not I would be dead I see I have no doubt about that I would be there Herman was drafted into the Vietnam War shortly after graduating high school and when he came home he says he endured many hardships such as struggling to find a job and dealing with PTSD I got involved in art mainly because I didn't know how to express myself and I didn't know who to talk to his work is now on display at the Institute for Integrative Health in Baltimore in an exhibit called sticks and stones which features the artwork of veterans so as you look around you'll see pieces that are specifically about how I personally the artists interacted with PTSD and how it impacted my life JW Rhone is the director of vets art connect which is part of the Institute for Integrative Health he's also a veteran and says that he sees the positive effects that art programs have on vets we're seeing amazing numbers already in showing the reduction of anxiety depression anger the Institute is partnering with the Maryland State Arts Council and the Maryland Department of Education to offer a free micro credential course to trained community artists and art teachers about the most effective ways to work with veterans how can artists build residency programs how can they create a course for instruction that's specifically tailored and suited to the veteran community and their families these groups strongly believe that by having more art programs available to vets it will provide them with outlets to find healing and improve their well-being we're excited to get the message out that our can heal we're excited to teach people about what happens culturally in the military and how they can better serve the community and we're excited that artists that live here in our communities that have such great talent can bring their talent to the veteran community and teach those veterans their craft Herrmann says he wishes he had things like art programs available to him when he had returned from Vietnam and he hopes that other vets will find peace and healing in art just like he did it's medicine okay that is not only heal that in heal everyone now the micro credential course this month is sold out but there is another one happening this fall so for more information on how you can sign up plus more details about the sticks and stones exhibit just go to our website WMUR 2 news.com

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