Kim Swanner, Ceramics & Painting Instructor-one of several instructors for our classes for wounded veterans
What Kim loves about VisArts? Opportunities to experience the healing power of the arts!
Once a month, veterans undergoing treatment at Walter Reed Hospital are offered the opportunity to experience the healing power of the arts by participating in a class at VisArts. Kim has a personal understanding of the challenges service men and woman may face as her family includes her grandfather who served in WWII (and later in the army with Elvis Presley in Germany), her father-in-law who served in the Vietnam and Korean wars and a cousin who serves in the US Marine Corp.
Walter Reed clients are offered an art experience as part of their treatment program. Socializing with peers out in the community, learning a new skill or mastering an existing one and just "chilling out" all help to reduce stress and ease the transition back to the civilian world. Kim is thrilled to be a part of helping her students acclimate. She offers them opportunities to express their feelings in a visual way, to take their minds off the difficulties they may be experiencing and to leave feeling pride in their work.
One of VisArts' primary philanthropic initiatives focuses on providing low cost or no cost classes to wounded veterans and their families. We believe strongly in the healing power of the arts and want to expand opportunities for wounded veterans and their families to participate.
Please support VisArts' philanthropic efforts to help wounded veterans experience the healing power of the arts by donating today! Thank you.
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