Mesa Arts Center to offer classes to military and veterans
January 10, 2018
By Catherine Shappell
Arts in Service, a new engagement program from Mesa Arts Center, will offer free arts classes to veterans and military personnel, thanks to support from The Boeing Company.
Through studio arts experiences, service members can accomplish personal goals like finding a supportive community, relieving stress, improving health or pursuing an arts career.
The eight-week sessions begin in January, and intensive weekend workshops may also available. An Arts in Service open house is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, January 13, for veterans, service members and their families to explore the studios, try various art forms and meet studio instructors.
For those who are accustomed to structure and discipline, adjusting to a civilian lifestyle can be challenging. Arts in Service classes offer a space to interact with other service members while providing an outlet, offering support and creating friendships in a relaxed environment.
Available classes may include ceramics, welding and sculpture, printmaking and watercolor. There are few rules; participants are open to creating art, regardless of form. This is a good way of clearing minds and focusing on being creative. In the end, artwork is personal and expressive in its own way.
There are more than 625,000 service members, veterans and family members living in Arizona. To enroll in a class or to find out more information about the open house or classes, contact email@example.com or call 480-644-6541.