American Healing Arts Foundation Gives Back to Veterans

The American Healing Arts Foundation (AHAF) proudly accepted their 501C3 non-profit status and is moving forward with their mission of serving U.S. Veterans.

Sculptor and instructor Hal Stewart (standing) with two veterans at the 2010 expo.

The Foundation began providing free art classes (supplies included) for veterans in 2010, with the goal of building the Veterans Academy of Art. This year it has added art therapy with a licensed art therapist. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), remain high for both wounded and uninjured soldiers, plus suicide and divorce rates continue to soar. But AHAF classes provide art therapy, thus giving veterans the ability to interact with award-winning art instructors, witness their own creative side and exercise the power of rehabilitation. Classes are also intended to reunite veterans with their fellow comrades in a peaceful environment away from the battlefield and hospitals.

Painter Donna Levine (standing) and veteran Courtni Dyer.

For ten weeks (January 19 through April 1, 2012), AHAF, sponsored by Thunderbird Artists, will offer these classes during the Arizona Fine Art Expo.

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