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Virginia War Memorial To Present “Art As Healing” Program Discussion to Focus on Therapeutic Use of Creative Arts to Aid Military Veterans

The Virginia War Memorial will present a panel discussion entitled, “Art As Healing”, focusing on how involvement in the arts can provide therapy to the men and women who serve in the military.

The program will be held Tuesday, April 4 from 3-5 p.m. in the Memorial’s Paul and Phyllis Galanti Education Center. Admission and parking are free and the public is encouraged to attend.

Panel members will include representatives from six organizations devoted to assisting veterans through the use of creative writing, painting, photography, sculpture, music, performance and other media. Participating organizations include the Armed Services Art Partnership (ASAP), the Mighty Pen Project, the Center for Military Music Opportunities (C*A*M*M*O), the Eastern Virginia Medical School, and the Virginia Commission for the Arts.

Moderator will be Dr. Clay Mountcastle, Director of the Virginia War Memorial.

“These organizations understand the incredible healing potential of the arts and are experiencing great success in their work with veterans,” said Dr. Mountcastle. “We look forward to having a discussion on how they are using art to restore the body, the mind and the soul and to provide veterans with a creative outlet.”

The “Art As Healing” panel discussion is the first in a planned series of exhibits, performances, discussions and other events under the umbrella title, “The Art of War” to be presented throughout 2017 at the Virginia War Memorial to better connect the arts and military communities.

For more information, please call 804.786.2060 or visit www.vawarmemorial.org.

About the Virginia War Memorial

The mission of the Virginia War Memorial is to Honor Veterans, Preserve History, Educate Youth and Inspire Patriotism in All. Dedicated in 1956, the Memorial includes the names of the
nearly 12,000 Virginia heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice during World War II, Korea,
Vietnam, the Persian Gulf and the Global War on Terrorism. The Virginia War Memorial is a division of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services and serves as an integral part of its mission in support of all Virginians who served in our military.

The Memorial is located at 621 South Belvidere Street in Richmond and is open to the public seven days a week. For more details and a complete event schedule, call 804.786.2060 or go to www.vawarmemorial.org or facebook.com/virginiawarmemorial.

About the Virginia War Memorial Foundation
Founded in 2000, The Virginia War Memorial Foundation (VWMF) is the non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation dedicated to the financial support of all of the educational outreach, patriotic programs, historical exhibits and documentary films of the Virginia War Memorial. Donations to the Foundation from individuals, corporations, military and veterans groups and other organizations may be tax-deductible and are encouraged and appreciated. For more information, please visit www.vawarmemorial.org.