2016 Arts + Wellness Grants Recipients
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Ballet Theater Company
Project: Veteran's Project
Led by Roman Baca, Marine, Iraq War veteran and artistic director of the company – will compose a ballet thematically derived from the military experience. Connecticut-area veterans will have input into music, costuming, staging and choreography for the culminating ballet in autumn 2016.
Hospital for Special Care
Project: Joy of Art: The Art of Honor
Hospital for Special Care’s (HSC) The Joy of Art! (JOA) program operates on the basic premise that making art has healing properties. The Art of Honor will provide workshops for veterans and their families to explore their experiences through the arts, concluding in a community showcase of the artwork in fall 2016.
University of Saint Joseph Autorino Center for the Arts and Humanities
Project: The Odyssey
The University of Saint Joseph will bring the country’s only all-veteran dance company to Connecticut to perform Homer’s The Odyssey. In conjunction with the Department of Veteran Affairs and the Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services, the university will use this special presentation to bring together communities of veterans, their families and caregivers to create opportunities for connection, advocacy and care, and to begin a process of reducing stigma around depression, addiction and violence.
Veterans Arts Foundation
Project: Mask-Making Workshop for Veterans
Tthe Veteran Arts Foundation will hold four mask-making workshops specifically designed for veterans and led by art therapist Rachel Sclare. The art of mask-making in therapy has shown to be an effective therapeutic tool for veterans who are having difficulty transitioning from combat to domestic life and can help individuals process and cope with a variety of invisible war-related injuries.