The Santa Clarita City Council invites residents to support local veterans at a brand-new veteran art exhibit, “Opening Our Minds and Hearts to Veteran Trauma-Informed Art,” opening November 9 at the Old Town Newhall Library.
The exhibit will run through February 2, 2020, with a reception on November 13, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.
This new exhibit will showcase art created by local military veterans made from art workshops conducted by Homes 4 Families. Homes 4 Families is a non-profit organization that creates Veteran Enriched Neighborhoods for low-income military veterans and just completed its 78-residence community in Santa Clarita.
Homes 4 Families partnered with art therapy experts to develop workshops specifically for veterans to freely express themselves while being in a setting of like-minded individuals.
Each workshop is carefully tailored to have inclusive military terms and recognizes the blended family dynamics unique to the military.
An example of these workshops is “Tear Soup,” which guides veterans through the process of identifying and overcoming grief and loss.
“Monster in Me” helps veterans reflect on their experiences, both in combat duty and in civilian life, and explore emotions that may be hidden.
Finally, “Stepping Stones” helps veterans identify something from their past to leave behind and discover how to move forward.
The artwork is filled with compelling imagery and emotional components that tell the individual stories of these veterans. The anonymity of the works also provides privacy and power to the exhibit as a whole.
For more information about current and upcoming exhibits in Santa Clarita, visit santaclaritaarts.com.