Political Posters and Paper Made from Military Uniforms Engage Veterans, Artists, and Audience Members

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Kate Patterson, Director of Communications
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POLITICAL POSTERS AND PAPER MADE FROM MILITARY UNIFORMS ENGAGE VETERANS, ARTISTS AND AUDIENCE MEMBERS.

 SFAC teams up with Combat Paper, Warrior Writers and Justseeds.

Workshop and Exhibition

Saturday, June 11, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

 

SAN FRANCISCO, May 16, 2016 The San Francisco Arts Commission was recently awarded a California Arts Council Veteran’s Initiative grant to produce three public programs intended to further a dialogue between the veterans and arts communities. These public programs also intend to build community awareness and open a space for feedback on a variety of topics related to an upcoming veterans-themed exhibition set to open at the SFAC Gallery in the Veterans Building in the fall of 2016.

For the first of the three public programs, the SFAC Galleries has joined forces with local organizations Combat Paper, Warrior Writers and Justseeds to produce a workshop and a free, one-day exhibition for the general public. We invite you to transform military uniforms into handmade paper. This workshop is led by San Francisco-based Combat Paper, a group of veterans, artists and activists who have been facilitating papermaking workshops across the country with their mobile project. Bring a uniform to donate, or use those supplied by the group. Warrior Writers will be on-hand to work with interested participants to express thoughts through creative writing.

Drew Cameron, founder of Combat Paper, says, “Participants use the transformative process of papermaking to reclaim their uniforms as art and express their experiences with the military. Through ongoing participation in the papermaking process, we’re broadening the traditional narrative surrounding the military experience and warfare. The work also generates a much-needed conversation between veterans and civilians regarding our collective responsibilities and shared understanding in war.”

The general public is invited, free of charge, to view a collection of prints created by the Justseeds Artists' Cooperative and the Iraq Veterans Against the War, while engaging in the workshop and creating paper. This program is presented with the support of the American Legion War Memorial Commission.

 

Free Public Program:

Post Traumatic Growth Program #1: Combat Paper, Warrior Writers and Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative

When:            Saturday, June 11, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Where:          Veterans Building

American Legion Trophy Room (off the main lobby)

401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102

Details:          Paper-making and creative writing workshop for veteran participants. Exhibition and workshop observation for general public.

Participants Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/combat-paper-workshop-for-everyone-tickets-25747977895

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