Friday, November 18, 2011
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE -- On Sunday, ArtReach Foundation founder, Susan Anderson, is speaking with the local Daughters of the American Revolution chapter, the Philadelphia Winn, to talk about her latest undertaking "Project America." The endeavor teaches traumatized soldiers and their families to use expressive arts to heal their trauma from war.
"The puzzle pieces just fit solidly together," said DAR and ArtReach member Julie Mostaghim. "DAR women do a lot things for wounded soldiers, like making quilts. It made logical sense to have Susan speak. I realized that she lives in Atlanta, which is close to us and she could come talk so that my chapter can introduce the project to every state in the union."
Anderson was thrilled to be invited to speak with the women.
"These women have a lot of heritage and connection to history and family," she said. "It's that heritage that has made America what it is and there is a certain pride. I hope they walk away with a clear awareness of who we are and the difference that we make on our society."
The project helps military personnel who have returned from war with "unseen wounds" and the families that live with these men and women.
"(These problems) are present and there needs to be an awareness. It can be a life long struggle," Anderson said. "The soldiers still hold on to so much (from battle) and have never even talked about it. We give them a safe space to express their emotions by drawing, acting, music, poetry, writing ... whatever is the best outlet."
Those who are interested in "Project America" or joining the DAR are invited to attend. For more information about the project and how to get involved, visit www.artreachprojectamerica.com.