Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program, headquartered in the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston, is dedicated to healing the invisible wounds for Veterans of all eras, Service Members, Military Families and Families of the Fallen through world-class clinical care, wellness, education and research. They recently reached out to us here at ArtSake to extend an invitation to military artists.
Dear Military Artist,
The Expressive Art Therapy Department at Home Base would like to formally invite you to submit a work of art to the first bi-annual, Artist of Service Gallery!
In our first gallery exhibit, we are offering designated space in our clinic to display works of art created by Veterans and Service Members. This project aims to offer visitors to the gallery a window into the experiences of military members while also inspiring our daily clients through 6-8 creative displays.
We are accepting visual pieces for display in the clinic gallery. The clinic will publicly display the selected pieces and honor the artists whose work is chosen with a pending in-person showing this summer. Home Base staff will maintain communication providing further detail to those who submit pieces. We hope to continue offering yearly exhibits so all artists who submit a piece will have many opportunities to have their creative work honored.
• Email: Jennifer Kneeland at Jmkneeland@mgh.harvard.edu
– Subject Title: “Artist of Service Submission”
– Attach a picture of the piece for submission
• In the body of the email, or an attached word document, please answer the following questions:
o Optional identity disclosures: Name, military branch, age, gender, race/ethnicity, orientation. All submissions will comply with HIPAA regulations.
o Would you like your piece anonymously displayed or identified?
o Does your piece have a title?
o If chosen, can you ensure transportation of the piece to our clinic through mail or personal drop off? The clinic is located at 1 Constitution Warf Charlestown, Ma 02129.
o Would you want this piece returned to you after 6 months of display?
o Optional: a brief summary of the piece; what it means for you, what inspired it, how it felt to create it, why or how you use art in your life.
• Please provide the best contact information that the clinic should use to maintain communication once your submission is processed
We encourage you to send this letter to other military artists who you believe may wish to submit a piece for community display.
We are excited to receive your submission!
In Gratitude for Your Service,
Jennifer Kneeland, LMHC, RYT-200
Expressive Arts Therapist | Yoga Instructor
Image credit: All images courtesy HomeBase.