“Art provides an outlet for creative expression and relief from stress supporting both the Soldier and the family in the transition through the challenges of military life.”
Workshops in the Arts are presented by Volunteer local Artists from the El Paso Community with funding from the Soldier Art Workshop Foundation in support of the US Army :Resiliency through Art programs”.
El Paso Community Sponsors and Contributors include:
El Paso International Museum of Art (IMA)
Plein Air Painters of El Paso (PAPS)
Pastel Society of El Paso
Rio Bravo Watercolorists
Robert & Betty Jo Graham Trust
El Paso Chapter of the Military Officers Association (MOAA)
Krystyna Robbins Studio & Workshops
El Paso Contract Bridge Association
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Military sponsorship is provided by Ft. Bliss Morale, Welfare & Recreation (MWR), the Warrior Transition Battalion (WTB) and SKIES Youth Services.
Soldier Art Workshops available to all Soldiers
Sgt. 1st Class Andres Cisneros, assigned to the Warrior Transition Battalion, stands next to his face study drawing, top, during the exhibit opening. Photos by Wendy Brown, Fort Bliss Bugle Editor
By Wendy Brown, Fort Bliss Bugle Editor
Sgt. 1st Class Andres Cisneros, assigned to the Warrior Transition Battalion, encourages all Soldiers to take art classes through the Soldier Art Workshops — they’re not only for Soldiers in his battalion.
“I think it’s a great program,” said Cisneros at the opening of an exhibit of the program’s work at the El Paso Museum of Art July 30. “It helps you take your mind off other stresses that you have. They offer it on base, so it’s for other Soldiers too . . . They expand it out to everyone.”
The workshops, developed by local artists and military veterans in cooperation with Fort Bliss Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, are free to Soldiers in the Warrior Transition Battalion that have been injured; there is a small materials cost for other Soldiers and for military family members, said Robin Fox, Supervisor for Ft Bliss MWR and organizer of the program. All art instruction is provided by the Volunteer Artists from Soldier Art Workshops and that makes our program a success and affordable to our military and their dependents.
Cisneros, who contributed two drawings to the exhbit, said he began taking classes last winter, and so far he has taken classes in drawing, oil painting and sculpting.
“It helps me so I’m not just constantly going to appointments for treatment, so it gets my mind off my injuries and helps me focus off the PTSD and that kind of stuff,” Cisneros said. “I can just focus on drawing and have a relaxing moment.”
The three-day exhibit, which ended Saturday, featured the works of the program’s students and teachers, all of whom volunteer their time. Fox said she hopes to organize another exhibit on Fort Bliss.
Lt. Col. Bruce Carter, commander, WTB, and Command Sgt. Maj. Larry Reid, command sergeant major, WTB, both attended the exhibit opening and said the artwork Soldiers produce in the program continues to impress them.*
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