26 Jul Creativity opportunities in Jacksonville NC
The Jacksonville-Onslow Council for the Arts, located in Jacksonville NC, provides opportunity for residents and their families who are connected to the United States military forces to express their creativity through the programs it sponsors.
The two creative expression outlets the council provides are:
Creative Forces Open Studio
Active military service members, veterans, and their loved ones can mosey in and out during these open art sessions available 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. every Wednesday. The atmosphere is very casual. The council does not require participants to have any prior artistic experience, make any specific time commitment, or supply any equipment. Participants are simply free “to create in a relaxed, social and creative environment,” according to the council’s website.
The open studio program provides a local artist who serves as a mentor to participants and provides instruction in new techniques. Additionally, participants are encouraged to bring artwork they are already working on. They also have the option to join with fellow creatives at the studio to work on group projects.
Clay Sculpture instruction
Military service members and their families are also invited to try their hands at creating clay sculptures beginning Wednesday, Aug. 7 and running several weeks into September. However, the final day of instruction has not yet been announced. The times for these sessions are also 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Local artist Robin Griswold-Ott will be teaching the basics of clay sculpture and introducing participants to standard tools used in performing basic clay techniques. If you join this class, you are encouraged to attend most of the sessions to get the full benefit of the instruction.
Why are these opportunities geared to military members and their families?
These Creative Forces sessions are a product of a partnership between four organizations. Those organizations include the National Endowment for the Arts Healing Arts Network, the U.S. Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, along with state and local arts agencies. This cooperation works to serve the needs of military patients and veterans who have sustained traumatic brain injuries or suffered psychological conditions resulting from their service.
You will find the Jacksonville-Onslow Council for the Arts at:
826 New Bridge St., Jacksonville, NC – Phone number (910) 455-9840
CHRISTI HILL TEAM
P: (910) 934-1174
M: (910) 803-4605
F: (866) 289-6147