Veterans use Forklift materials to create prize-winning art

Hello Forklift Fans,

We have some great news about a partner that we’ve previously featured on our blog!

Art Therapy for Veterans Administration DC Medical Center Residents is an organization that offers art therapy sessions at the Medical Center’s Community Living Center.  Kasse Andrews-Weller, a program volunteer and military veteran herself, connected the program with Community Forklift last year, and helped them make great use of our Community Building Blocks program.

Members of Art Therapy for Veterans Administration DC Medical Center Residents.

With their CBB grant, Art Therapy for Veterans Administration DC Medical Center Residents has received free picture frames, tiles, paint, and other supplies from Forklift for use in art therapy sessions.

Just last week, Kasse shared an exciting update! She and Michael Green, a disabled US Army Veteran who participates in the art therapy program with Kasse, entered the National Veterans Creative Arts Competition in the group art category. Their piece, which was painted on wood parquet squares from Community Forklift, won first place at the D.C. level, and is being forwarded to the National Competition.  We wish them luck!

Michael and Kasse’s prize-winning piece

Mr. Green is an honorary member of the Capitol Hill Art League and is regarded as a great example of how the Medical Center’s art therapy program has helped veterans. Kasse reported that in 2017, Mr. Green was honored to exhibit and sell his own work in open calls. Of their recent win, she said “as you can see Michael is so proud, he is wearing his ribbon!”

Mr. Green with his blue ribbon

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