The Institute for the Health and Security of Military Families is showcasing a new program called The Earl Project (pdf).
The Earl Project, developed by Geraldine Craig, professor of art at K-State, engages veterans and soldiers in creating new, original works of visual art both individually and in a collective war stories scroll sculpture. No previous art-making experience is required. The project is based on the premise that making is cathartic, making feels good, and making meaning of combat experience through art-telling stories has healing potential.
In Burn-out art workshops, veterans and soldiers will be taught simple but evocative methods in creating images and stories with fabric and paper burn-out techniques, conceived as emblematic of the psychic burn-out that many soldiers experience. They also are invited to contribute their stories to a community-made sculpture, transformed into abstracted language so it remains as confidential as they choose. Using burn-out techniques along with mending stitches as both metaphor and realization of healing in a physical manifestation, they will transform lived experience into art. The premier feature presentation is two exhibitions of individual and collective work produced by art workshop participants, at the Manhattan Art Center (Manhattan, KS) and Mingenback Art Gallery (Lindsborg, KS) in summer 2019.
Those interested in participating in the Burn-out workshops can register at www.theearlproject.org.
For more information and a full schedule: The Earl Project (pdf)