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Papermaking Workshop for Veterans in Albuquerque, NM

The Museum of the American Military Family, Off Center Arts and the College of Santa Fe present a transformational papermaking workshop “From Flags to Fatigues” made possible through a generous grant from the National Endowment of the Arts and New Mexico Arts Commission. This program is inspired by the nationally-recognized Combat Paper Project.

Combat Veterans share a commonality of experience in the military world. After re-entering civilian and family life, and through working in small groups of fellow Veterans, creativity and transformation can be a catharsis for participants, both on an individual and group level. By deconstructing their old uniforms and transforming them into paper, Veterans participate in a healing mix of process and outcome. By making unique prayer flags out of their used fatigues, Veterans can create beauty, while working through painful experiences and memories.

No artistic background is necessary– all that is needed is an openness to share in this unique opportunity. Workshops consist of three Sunday sessions, and it is important for participants to attend all three sessions, which will be held at Off Center Arts (808 Park Avenue SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102)

There will be two workshops: one for male Veterans and one for female Veterans, and there will be a joint exhibit of their work during April at Off Center Arts. Male workshop dates are: January 29, February 5, and 12 from 10:00-4:30 and female workshop dates are: March 19, 26 and April 2 from 10:00-4:30.

Veterans are encouraged to bring cotton fatigues and t-shirts, which were worn during their military service. Lunch, papermaking equipment and all other materials will be provided. Participants should dress in clothing and shoes that can get wet, as papermaking is a messy and fun process.

Instructor Claire Lissance has a counseling background, and has been a hand papermaker since 1986. Her connection and dedication to the Veteran’s community began in 2002 when she began an arts program at the VA Medical Center in Albuquerque. Registration will be through the instructor. Her phone number is 505-450-1357. Email:   cdlune@aol.com



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