The Institute for Integrative Health, the Maryland State Arts Council, and the Maryland State Department of Education are proud to officially announce a new learning opportunity for community members, artists, and educators with the 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.
This program is just one of several programs offered to a variety of community throughout Maryland such as early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school students.
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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.