Help us celebrate a new partnership! The Institute for Integrative Health, the Maryland State Arts Council, and the Maryland State Department of Education will announce a new Veteran-Ready Community Arts Micro-Credential course, a new suite of competency-based professional learning courses for facilitators of creative classrooms geared toward veterans.
During this RSVP-only event, guests will also experience Sticks & Stones, a joint initiative of the Institute for Integrative Health, Vet Arts Connect, and New Day Campaign. The works from the artists of Sticks & Stones lifts the stigma of trauma related to substance abuse and mental health. To coincide with the Institute's Micro-Credential announcement, this unique exhibit will also feature the works of four veteran artists who found healing through artistic expression. In addition to the veterans below, Sticks & Stones will feature the works of veteran artist students, as well.
The Institute for Integrative Health, the Maryland State Arts Council, and the Maryland State Department of Education present a special event to announce the Veteran-Ready Community Arts Micro-credential course, a new suite of competency-based professional learning courses for facilitators of creative classrooms geared toward veterans.Stay tuned to this site for more details on this event and how to attend.
Earman R. Branch
Veteran Army Staff Sgt. Jon Meadows tells his unique story through visual art. In 2013, Jon suffered a frontal-lobe traumatic brain injury, which affected his vision, cognition, and fine motor skills. Shortly after returning home to Maryland, Jon explored his artistic side through The Art League's "IMPart Program" based in Alexandria, Virginia. This program offers creative outlets for injured military personnel to experience the transformative nature of visual art to assist in their transition to health and wellness.
James Miller began experimenting with painting and sketching during his recovery from injuries sustained during an IED ambush near Tikrit, Iraq. Through his hospitalization and post-surgery treatments, Miller used art as a way to express the emotional upheaval, PTSD, and physical pain he experienced during his transition. Today, James works exclusively through the Limp Goat Art Collective, a self-driven outsider art studio he founded in 2013. His works have traveled the extremes, from fine art and murals to “pop up” art galleries and graffiti. Miller works with mixed media, favoring acrylics, spray paints, and oil pastels.
As a US Marine, ragtime endured 13 months in some of the worst fighting in the Vietnam War. Learning of the falsehoods told about the war ripped at his soul, and in 1974, he had an epiphany as he stared at a stained glass window of Richard Nixon in a California bar: he decided to study to become a stained glass artist. It wasn't until 2006 that ragtime decided to combine his art with activism. For the Morgan Arts Council's art auction, he created a stained glass peace sign. After it sold ragtime launched a new project, 1000 Points of Peace. He would make stained glass peace signs until the Iraq War was over or he reached 1000. A local musician and theater friends connected ragtime with Common Ground where he began his current work supporting mentally and emotionally wounded younger veterans. Today, ragtime is a retired stained glass artist living in the mountains of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, and cherishing his time as a grandfather.