Tuesday, February 20, 2018, creative arts were made available Veterans. Laura Jaquays, Founder and Artist in Residence, of Art HOPE (Healing Opportunities for People Everyday), at the Wells Reserve/Laudholm Farm. More information can be obtained about Art Hope’s programs & services on their website: http://www.arthope.org. Art HOPE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
There were writing activities, drawing & visual art expressions, and a vet who played guitar in the background; there were also many art supplies that could be used to create a diverse amount of art projects.
I had the chance to meet and talk with two women who work at the Sandford VA; they have creatively “played with” how art can be used therapeutically, and have designed or modeled creative-art programming. If you’re a Vet and regularly go to the Sandford VA, and you want to try any of the art groups, contact Mental Health Services to see if you can sign-up. Art provides a very explorative way to wade into your unconscious; it’s also very meditative in its process and end result.
Contact for the Sanford Vet Center: 628 Main Street
Springvale, ME 04083; Phone: 207-490-1513 Or 207-490-1513
Art HOPE’s Mission Statement
Art HOPE is dedicated to promoting creative wellness through free expressive arts programs for people living with cancer or longterm illness and the community at large.
Upcoming events are also shown on the website, and here’s a list of what’s coming:
Calendar Of Events
FEB 23 Fri-9:30 am Art HOPE Studio at York Hospital @ York Hospital Living Well Center
MAR 14 Wed 10:30 am Art HOPE Simple Watercolors For … @ Cancer Community Center
MAR 23 Fri-9:30 am Art HOPE Studio at York Hospital @ York Hospital Living Well Center
APR 17 Tue-10:00 am Art in Nature for Veterans @ Wells Reserve at Laudholm
APR 21 Sat-10:00 am Creativity Taking Flight, Making… @ York Public Library
APR 27 Fri-9:30 am Art HOPE Studio at York Hospital @ York Hospital Living Well Center
MAY 18 Fri-9:30 am Art HOPE Studio at York Hospital @ York Hospital Living Well Center
JUN 1 Fri-10:00 am Art HOPE Gallery & Garden Studio… @ Ogunquit Museum of American Art
JUN 3 Sun-2:00 pm Art HOPE 1000 Healing Cranes Hon… @ York Hospital Living Well Center
JUN 26 Tue-10:00 am Art in Nature for Veterans @ Wells Reserve at Laudholm
Art HOPE will continue to have these “Art days” for Vets at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm, in Wells, ME-the next one will be held on Tuesday, April 17 at 10:00 AM, followed by another on June 26, 2018. Please contact Laura Jaquays, if you have interest in attending or volunteering in some way. Contact Info: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Special thanks to our community partners:
Art HOPE Youth Service in Healthcare Program; Artists; Berwick Academy; Berwick Public Library; Cancer Community Center; Educators; Healthcare Professionals;Maine Community Foundation; Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association; Ogunquit Museum of American Art; Town of Ogunquit; University of Maine Extension 4-H; University of New England; Waterfall Arts; Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm; YMCA Livestrong Cancer Support Program; York High School; York Hospital; York Hospital Hospice; York Housing Authority; York Public Library.
Donations can be mailed to: Art HOPE P.O. Box 2292 Ogunquit, Maine 03907.
copyright: Christopher Bear-Beam February 20, 2018.