Think & Tell: Rick Lawson - The War Experience Project: Building Community and Communication Through Art
It is plain for all to see that we are failing our current and returning veterans. We can see this in many ways, but particularly through the staggering veteran suicide and homelessness rates. Those who have not served in the military wonder what it is they can do to help. Many encourage people to ask veterans about their experience. This presentation is about how sometimes words don't adequately bridge the gap between the experience of veterans, and the rest of society.
The War Experience Project is an arts program created by Iraq War Veteran Rick Lawson. It engages military veterans in painting onto camouflage uniforms to reveal aspects of their experiences, otherwise unseen, to the public. The project uses the power of art as a means of healing and communication between veterans and their fellow citizens - encouraging individuals to find their inner creativity, make art and spark continued dialogue and social change.
Through the story of his personal return from military deployment to Iraq, Rick Lawson will share how art and the War Experience Project have provided a format for communication with others about his experience, while still honoring his service, and protecting the stories that are his alone.
Join us in a presentation/discussion about art, social change and supporting our veteran populations, and a viewing opportunity of the painted uniforms from The War Experience Project.
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