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First Friday - Free Veteran & Neighborhood Art Class

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Join us for our First Friday Art Class - FREE to Veterans and Neighbors !! 5pm - 8pm

This Month: Symbols and Honoring Boxes (Spaces) taught by the wonderful Judy Butzine



From the beginning of human history, people around the world have had a need to make visual their memories, pleasures, pains, hopes and searches for one's identity and meaning in one's life. We may term this process of reflection and transference into physical form the creative expression of visual arts.

This is an example of Cultural Democracy Process in honor all persons and our universal shared human concerns that build storing communities.

The primary Goal of this lesson is to create a material form that objectifies the act of giving honor and respect to the processes of Personal Remembrance and Intention Setting.


1. The first objective is to examine and explore symbols that have existed since the beginning of human history and predate language as metaphors for abstract ideas. This art history lesson will be introduced through beads as Symbols, a universal means of human connection from ancient to contemporary times.

2.Participants are guided through a multifaceted, art-making process that not only instructs in the structural fabrication of an honoring box (space), but also stimulates critical inquiry and problem solving. The creation of the honoring box-rich in personal symbols and images-evolves in response to the questions one explores, and intuitive and thoughtful responses uncovered.

3. Finally, there is an assessment of this art-making process through a written or verbal reflection upon one's understandings and the relevancy of this creative process to one's own life experiences.

Please share with those that are interested and we hope to see you First Friday!