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About the Veterans and the Arts Initiative

Since 2014, the Veterans and the Arts Initiative has served as an arts and community hub for our local Veterans, Servicemembers, their families, and community members. The Initiative has brought our community together at the Hylton Performing Arts Center to engage with the arts through performances, workshops, lessons, exhibitions, and special events that have featured the arts, including music, visual art, dance, and poetry. The intended benefit of the Veterans and the Arts Initiative is to facilitate community engagement through local arts organizations that establishes lasting connections to the arts and supports strong social relationships within the community.

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Please consider supporting the Veterans and the Arts Initiative, so we can continue to provide arts programming, workshops, and lessons to Veterans, Servicemembers, their families, and military caregivers free of charge.

Sponsors:

Amazon Web Services

Azalea Charities, Inc., Frank E. Lasch, Sr. Chairman and Founder, Dominion Energy, City of Manassas, Virginia Commission for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, J Barrows Sales Training; Safeway Foundation

For more information and events: http://hyltoncenter.org/veterans/

Upcoming events (3)

Fundamentals of Drawing

Hylton Performing Arts Center

Instructor: Martin Cervantez, Master Sergeant, USA (Ret.) Sundays, January 27, February 3, and February 10 from 1 – 3 p.m. This class covers the fundamentals of still life drawing and offers an opportunity to enhance creative skills during the indoor winter months. Instruction covers materials, composition, blocking in shapes, and completion of a drawing, with demos. A great introduction for beginners or a good refresher for those who wish to hone their skills. FREE and open to Veterans, Servicemembers, and their families; children ages 14 and up may participate alongside their parents. Space is limited.

Papermaking Workshop

Hylton Performing Arts Center

Papermaking Workshop Instructor: Patrick Sargent, USAF (Ret.), Artist, Printmaker, Papermaker Saturdays, March 2, March 9, March 16, and March 23 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. This workshop covers the basic techniques of hand papermaking using rags or old clothes and includes deconstructing materials using the Hollander Beater; pulp preparation; sheet forming; couching; pressing; and drying. Instruction includes an overview of techniques for at-home papermaking using locally sourced and affordable materials. Also included: bookbinding techniques, silkscreens, and casting objects using previously hand pulled sheets. This class is designed as an introduction for new students who will create their own artwork to frame! Clothing and shoes may get wet. Wearing rubber-soled shoes and old clothing is recommended. This workshop series is FREE and open to Veterans, Servicemembers, and their families; children ages 12 and up may participate alongside their parents. Space is limited.

Exploring Identity with Women Veterans: IPhone Photography Workshop.

Hylton Performing Arts Center

Exploring Identity with Women Veterans: iPhone Photography Workshop Instructor: Danielle Dravenstadt, Photography Instructor, School of Art, George Mason University Sundays, March 17, March 24, March 31, and April 7 from 1 – 3 p.m. Want to learn to take great pictures? Join us for this four part workshop series that explores Women Veteran identities through photography. Learn to maximize the potential of your iPhone camera and improve your photography skills through hands-on practice. Explore your personal experiences as subject material for artistic expression and share your work within a supportive, creative community. Participants will build community, engage in creative work, and produce a final printed photograph, while developing and applying skills including perception, reflection, production, and photographic techniques. This workshop series is FREE and open to Women Veterans. Space is limited. Information and registration at HyltonCenter.org/Veterans

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