First & Third Mondays, 2 PM – 4 PM | Second Tuesdays, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM | Daytona Beach Vet Center, 1520 Mason Ave., Daytona Beach. Veterans throughout Volusia County can discover how the arts can strengthen the spirit, encourage mental stimulation, socialization, and manage chronic pain. The group, Creative Expressions, is inspired by the National Endowment for the Arts Creative Forces (Military Healing Arts Network) and the University of Florida Department of Arts in Medicine. ACA Arts & Wellness ambassadors M.B. McLatchey, Bethany Bennett, and Eve Payor volunteer to lead veterans in creative activities, including writing, painting, and music at the Daytona Beach Vet Center. Vet Center Director Mary Fisher, LCSW will facilitate the Creative Expressions group. Please contact the Daytona Beach Vet Center for eligibility requirements needed to participate. (386) 366-6600.
ACA Arts & Wellness is proud to support this exhibition by offering a workshop with renowned Florida artist, Joseph Palmerio. This is a unique experience designed for veterans to express themselves using paint and canvas. He looks forward to sharing his experience working with veterans, and comments, “All I ask is that they bring their enthusiasm and we will have a fun and exciting painting event.” Free for veterans / $90 for non-veterans. Limited to 20 participants.
11 AM – 1 PM, Fridays, November 3 – November 17
In all wars, women and partners who remain at home face challenges and rewards as their loved ones go to war and when they return. Dr. Lucinda Sloan leads a reading group, using the same texts that veterans are reading, to aid in understanding how experiences are timeless and universal. Share and learn from each other and join the dialogue about war in general, loss, and coping with the return of loved ones. Free, and open to the public.
11 AM – 1 PM, Fridays, September 15 – October 13
Join veterans of all generations across America who are reading and discussing ancient texts about war and warriors: what faces them on the battlefield and at home. Dr. Lucinda Sloan leads a reading group on Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey and Sophocles’ Ajax, which are universal and timeless aids to share insights and experiences across generations. Free, and open to the public.