• Poetic Record: Resilience Workshop for Healthcare Workers w/ Laura Van Prooyen**

    July 16, 20247:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    **This workshop requires special registration.  Register to attend (HERE)

    Laura Van Prooyen is author of three collections of poetry: Frances of the Wider Field (Lily Poetry Review Books) Our House Was on Fire (Ashland Poetry Press) nominated by Philip Levine and winner of the McGovern Prize and Inkblot and Altar (Pecan Grove Press). She is also co-author with Gretchen Bernabei of Text Structures from Poetry, a book of writing lessons for educators of grades 4-12 (Corwin Literacy). Van Prooyen is the Managing Editor for The Cortland Review, and she teaches in the low-residency MFA Creative Writing program at Miami University. She lives in San Antonio, TX. www.lauravanprooyen.com

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  • Online Visual Art Watercolor Workshop with Shaun Smith

    July 17, 20247:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Recurring Workshop Zoom Link

    Don't forget to register for this recurring workshop (HERE)

    In this series of watercolor workshops with Shaun Smith, we'll start with the basics and build up to some bigger topics.

    TBA
    Workshop to be announced soon.

    Supplies:

    • To be announced

    Shaun Smith is a Retired U.S. Army Veteran and Fine Artist based in Northern Maine. Shaun served 10 years as a Combat Medic with a tour in Afghanistan. During that time he was awarded The Combat Medic Badge for providing care under fire and a Purple Heart for injuries sustained from a VBIED. Shaun found comfort in art therapy as a way to express his experiences, leading him to enroll into an art university. Shaun graduated from The Academy of Art University of San Francisco with a Bachelors in Fine art Painting in 2021. Shaun dedicates his time to painting landscapes, wildlife, and peaceful moments.

    "War carves a deep scar on us, always reminding us long after we leave the battlefield. I combat that ugliness by submerging myself in the tranquility of the wilderness to reflect and find peace. When I paint a scene or a subject, That's the only thing that matters in that moment and I get to meditate on that beauty."

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  • Online Writing Workshop for Military Spouses and Caregivers in Partnership with Blue Star Families w/Kevin Basl**

    July 18, 20243:30 pm - 4:30 pm

    **Special Registration Required--Don't forget to register for this workshop (HERE)

    No experience required! If you can think, you can write. In this creative writing workshop, we'll consider writing as a tool for communication, expression, and relief from holding it all together. Join us.

    Kevin Basl is a writer and musician living near Ithaca, New York. He was a mobile radar operator in the U.S. Army. Over the past decade, he has taught many writing and art-marking workshops for service members, veterans, and their communities. He's author of Midnight Cargo: Stories and Poems (Illuminated Press), and he's co-author of a chapbook of poems: Corn, Coal & Yellow Ribbons (Out of Step Press).  (Midnight Cargo by Kevin Basl | illuminatedpress )

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  • Back Down Memory Lane - Online Writing Workshop with Teri Ellen Cross Davis in Partnership with Strathmore**

    July 18, 20247:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    **Special Registration Required--Don't forget to register for this workshop (HERE)  

    Creative writing is a tool for knowing yourself, understanding the world, and connecting with other people. Led by author Seema Reza and accomplished guest writers—including poets, memoirists, novelists, and storytellers—these generative community workshops follow the model developed by Community Building Art Works (CBAW) over the course of a decade of bringing people together in military and hospital settings. Each workshop is designed to help participants put their personal stories on paper in a supportive environment.

    Whether you’re just starting out or have been writing for years, you are welcome; no experience is required. Bring a pen, a notebook, and an open mind!

    Description:

    This generative workshop will explore family and ancestry through poetry. Using close readings of poems by Etheridge Knight, Rita Dove, Lucille Clifton, Linda Pastan and more, we will consider how the use of persona can examine, celebrate and/or reconsider history.

    Teri Ellen Cross Davis is the author of a more perfect Union, winner of the 2019 Journal/Charles B. Wheeler Poetry Prize and finalist for the 2022 Hurston Wright Legacy Award in Poetry. Her first collection, Haint, won the 2017 Ohioana Book Award for Poetry. She is the recipient of a 2022 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award and the Poetry Society of America's Robert H. Winner Memorial Award. She has received grants from the Sustainable Arts Foundation and The Freya Project and been awarded fellowships and scholarships to Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, the Community of Writers Poetry Workshop and others. Her work has appeared in many journals and anthologies. She was the 2019-2020 HoCoPoLitSo Writer-in-Residence for Howard County, Maryland, and is the O.B. Hardison Poetry Series Curator and Poetry Programs manager for the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. 

    Instagram @haint_poet | Twitter/X @cross_davis 

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  • Online Writing Workshop with Seema Reza

    July 19, 202412:00 pm - 1:15 pm
    Recurring Workshop Zoom Link

    Don't forget to register for this recurring workshop (HERE)

    No experience required! If you can think, you can write. In this creative writing workshop, we'll consider writing as a tool for communication, expression, and relief from holding it all together. Join us.

    Seema Reza is the author of A Constellation of Half-Lives & When the World Breaks Open. Her writing has appeared in print and on-line in McSweeney’s, The Washington Post, The Feminist Wire, Bellevue Literary Review, The Offing, Full Grown People, and The Nervous Breakdown among others, and has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has taught poetry in classrooms, jails, hospitals, and universities, and has performed across the country at universities, theaters, festivals, bookstores, conferences, & one fine mattress shop.

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  • More Than One Story: Arts Program for Women & Nonbinary Military & Veterans**

    July 22, 20247:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    More Than One Story is an arts program for women and non-binary military looking to connect with one another and tell their stories. Individuals interested in participating in MTOS are required to attend one Orientation Session.
     
    **Please visit https://CBAW_MTOS_infosession.eventbrite.com to register for an upcoming Orientation Session.
     

    Join Community Building Art Works in a virtual orientation session to learn more about our upcoming program for women and non-binary military (Active Duty and Veterans), More Than One Story. The upcoming monthly program will use live, interactive online art and creative writing workshops held over several weeks to create a “Virtual Community Center” where women and non-binary military members can gather and experience belonging in a healthy, safe, and connected environment.

    There are almost 2 million women Veterans living in the United States today, and over 400,000 currently serving in the military. There’s less information about non-binary Veterans and military members, but research suggests that the gender diverse individuals are twice as likely to serve in the military.

    CBAW’s innovative methodology and programs have been tested and refined over twelve years and have been demonstrated to be an effective creative arts intervention for those struggling with the symptoms of PTSD to include substance misuse and suicidal behaviors. Designed in partnership with volunteers, military clinical personnel, community organizations, and VSOs, these workshops and community events are effective for Veterans wherever they are along their healing journey.

    Individuals interested in participating in MTOS are required to attend one Orientation Session. Additional Orientation dates are forthcoming.

    This program is partially funded by the SSG Parker Gordon Fox Suicide Prevention Grant Program through the VA.

     

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  • Poetry Workshop with Ben Weakley in Partnership with Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Easterseals

    July 23, 202412:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    Recurring Workshop Link

    Don't forget to register for this recurring workshop (HERE) 


    Join us for a generative creative writing workshop where we use the written and spoken word to find healing and self-discovery together in a welcoming, safe community. Open to all voices. No experience necessary.


    Ben Weakley spent fourteen years in the U.S. Army, beginning with deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and finishing at a desk inside the Pentagon. He writes poetry and prose about the enduring nature of war and the human experience for veterans, their families, and anyone who would help them bear witness to war and its aftermath.

    A believer in the power of words to empower and heal, Ben leads writing workshops for Active Duty Military, Veterans, their families and caregivers, as well as Frontline Health Care Workers and other communities of ordinary people bearing witness to a difficult world.

    Ben lives in the Tri-Cities of Northeast Tennessee with his wife, two children, and a well-meaning but poorly behaved hound-dog.

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  • Poetic Record: Resilience Workshop for Healthcare Workers w/ Laura Van Prooyen**

    July 23, 20247:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    **This workshop requires special registration.  Register to attend (HERE)

    Laura Van Prooyen is author of three collections of poetry: Frances of the Wider Field (Lily Poetry Review Books) Our House Was on Fire (Ashland Poetry Press) nominated by Philip Levine and winner of the McGovern Prize and Inkblot and Altar (Pecan Grove Press). She is also co-author with Gretchen Bernabei of Text Structures from Poetry, a book of writing lessons for educators of grades 4-12 (Corwin Literacy). Van Prooyen is the Managing Editor for The Cortland Review, and she teaches in the low-residency MFA Creative Writing program at Miami University. She lives in San Antonio, TX. www.lauravanprooyen.com

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  • Online Writing Workshop with Seema Reza

    July 26, 202412:00 pm - 1:15 pm
    Recurring Workshop Zoom Link

    Don't forget to register for this recurring workshop (HERE)

    No experience required! If you can think, you can write. In this creative writing workshop, we'll consider writing as a tool for communication, expression, and relief from holding it all together. Join us.

    Seema Reza is the author of A Constellation of Half-Lives & When the World Breaks Open. Her writing has appeared in print and on-line in McSweeney’s, The Washington Post, The Feminist Wire, Bellevue Literary Review, The Offing, Full Grown People, and The Nervous Breakdown among others, and has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has taught poetry in classrooms, jails, hospitals, and universities, and has performed across the country at universities, theaters, festivals, bookstores, conferences, & one fine mattress shop.

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  • Poetic Record: Resilience Workshop for Healthcare Workers w/ Laura Van Prooyen**

    July 30, 20247:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    **This workshop requires special registration.  Register to attend (HERE)

    Laura Van Prooyen is author of three collections of poetry: Frances of the Wider Field (Lily Poetry Review Books) Our House Was on Fire (Ashland Poetry Press) nominated by Philip Levine and winner of the McGovern Prize and Inkblot and Altar (Pecan Grove Press). She is also co-author with Gretchen Bernabei of Text Structures from Poetry, a book of writing lessons for educators of grades 4-12 (Corwin Literacy). Van Prooyen is the Managing Editor for The Cortland Review, and she teaches in the low-residency MFA Creative Writing program at Miami University. She lives in San Antonio, TX. www.lauravanprooyen.com

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  • Open Art Studio - Online Visual Art Workshop with Joe Merritt

    July 31, 20247:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Recurring Workshop Zoom Link

    Don't forget to register for this recurring workshop (HERE)

    Open Art Studio

    Come hang out in a collaborative group setting and bring anything you want to work on, in any medium.

    Often times we view art making as a singular experience, communicating through visual expression often starts at the planning and early stages. In this workshop we will be nurturing this practice.

    Supplies:

    • Anything you want to use to make marks, sculpt, build, or create. It is entirely up to you.

    Joe Merritt was medically retired from the United States Marine Corps in 2016 after 10 years of honorable service. Joe rediscovered art during his medical treatment and has a successful career as a professional artist, exhibiting his work and presenting gallery talks across the country. He is a steward of the veteran art community, leading art programming with active duty and veteran populations in DC, MD and VA.

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  • Online Writing Workshop for Military Spouses and Caregivers in Partnership with Blue Star Families w/Kevin Basl**

    August 1, 20243:30 pm - 4:30 pm

    **Special Registration Required--Don't forget to register for this workshop (HERE)

    No experience required! If you can think, you can write. In this creative writing workshop, we'll consider writing as a tool for communication, expression, and relief from holding it all together. Join us.

    Kevin Basl is a writer and musician living near Ithaca, New York. He was a mobile radar operator in the U.S. Army. Over the past decade, he has taught many writing and art-marking workshops for service members, veterans, and their communities. He's author of Midnight Cargo: Stories and Poems (Illuminated Press), and he's co-author of a chapbook of poems: Corn, Coal & Yellow Ribbons (Out of Step Press).  (Midnight Cargo by Kevin Basl | illuminatedpress )

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  • Online Writing Workshop with Seema Reza

    August 2, 202412:00 pm - 1:15 pm
    Recurring Workshop Zoom Link

    Don't forget to register for this recurring workshop (HERE)

    No experience required! If you can think, you can write. In this creative writing workshop, we'll consider writing as a tool for communication, expression, and relief from holding it all together. Join us.

    Seema Reza is the author of A Constellation of Half-Lives & When the World Breaks Open. Her writing has appeared in print and on-line in McSweeney’s, The Washington Post, The Feminist Wire, Bellevue Literary Review, The Offing, Full Grown People, and The Nervous Breakdown among others, and has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has taught poetry in classrooms, jails, hospitals, and universities, and has performed across the country at universities, theaters, festivals, bookstores, conferences, & one fine mattress shop.

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  • Poetic Record: Resilience Workshop for Healthcare Workers w/ Laura Van Prooyen**

    August 6, 20247:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    **This workshop requires special registration.  Register to attend (HERE)

    Laura Van Prooyen is author of three collections of poetry: Frances of the Wider Field (Lily Poetry Review Books) Our House Was on Fire (Ashland Poetry Press) nominated by Philip Levine and winner of the McGovern Prize and Inkblot and Altar (Pecan Grove Press). She is also co-author with Gretchen Bernabei of Text Structures from Poetry, a book of writing lessons for educators of grades 4-12 (Corwin Literacy). Van Prooyen is the Managing Editor for The Cortland Review, and she teaches in the low-residency MFA Creative Writing program at Miami University. She lives in San Antonio, TX. www.lauravanprooyen.com

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  • Online Visual Art Workshop with Valerie Acosta

    August 7, 20247:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Recurring Workshop Zoom Link

    Don't forget to register for this recurring workshop (HERE)


    TBA
    Workshop to be announced soon.

    Supplies:

    • TBA

    Valerie Acosta served in the United States Air Force for 20 years before retiring in 2022. She is a self-taught visual artist and published photographer. Her mediums include acrylic, gouache, watercolors, pencils, pens, clay and wood. Her art has been exhibited at the Arches Gallery in the Workhouse Arts Center in Virginia. She is also a DoD-certified Master Resilience Trainer and loves to teach resiliency skills that can support mental health and replace misery with happiness.

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  • Online Writing Workshop with Seema Reza

    August 9, 202412:00 pm - 1:15 pm
    Recurring Workshop Zoom Link

    Don't forget to register for this recurring workshop (HERE)

    No experience required! If you can think, you can write. In this creative writing workshop, we'll consider writing as a tool for communication, expression, and relief from holding it all together. Join us.

    Seema Reza is the author of A Constellation of Half-Lives & When the World Breaks Open. Her writing has appeared in print and on-line in McSweeney’s, The Washington Post, The Feminist Wire, Bellevue Literary Review, The Offing, Full Grown People, and The Nervous Breakdown among others, and has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has taught poetry in classrooms, jails, hospitals, and universities, and has performed across the country at universities, theaters, festivals, bookstores, conferences, & one fine mattress shop.

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  • More Than One Story: Orientation Session**

    August 13, 202412:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    **Special registration required: https://CBAW_MTOS_infosession.eventbrite.com
     Registration closes 24 hours before scheduled orientation sessions. 

    Join Community Building Art Works in a virtual orientation session to learn more about our upcoming program for women and non-binary military (Active Duty and Veterans), More Than One Story. The upcoming monthly program will use live, interactive online art and creative writing workshops held over several weeks to create a “Virtual Community Center” where women and non-binary military members can gather and experience belonging in a healthy, safe, and connected environment.

    There are almost 2 million women Veterans living in the United States today, and over 400,000 currently serving in the military. There’s less information about non-binary Veterans and military members, but research suggests that the gender diverse individuals are twice as likely to serve in the military.

    CBAW’s innovative methodology and programs have been tested and refined over twelve years and have been demonstrated to be an effective creative arts intervention for those struggling with the symptoms of PTSD to include substance misuse and suicidal behaviors. Designed in partnership with volunteers, military clinical personnel, community organizations, and VSOs, these workshops and community events are effective for Veterans wherever they are along their healing journey.

    Individuals interested in participating in MTOS are required to attend one Orientation Session. Additional Orientation dates are forthcoming.

    This program is partially funded by the SSG Parker Gordon Fox Suicide Prevention Grant Program through the VA. 


     

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  • Online Comedy Workshop with Amelia Bane in Partnership with Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Easterseals

    August 13, 202412:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    Recurring Workshop Link!

    Don't forget to register for this recurring workshop (HERE) 

    Join comedian Amelia Bane for a comedy writing workshop. Give yourself a break from your routine and take some time to laugh in community. Each workshop, we will read a humor piece and react to it together. After some discussion about technique and what makes comedy writing work, we’ll write our own pieces. We’ll come together at the end of the hour to hear a few participants share their work. You never have to share if you’re not in the mood. Come write with us or just come laugh with us! 

    Open to all, and no experience required.

    Amelia Bane is a writer, improviser, and filmmaker based in Brooklyn. She trained at The Upright Citizens Brigade and has performed improv and sketch comedy at theaters all over NYC. Amelia holds degrees in Literature and Film from The College of William & Mary and Goddard College. She facilitates improv and comedy writing workshops for veterans, and service members in military hospitals, and in corporate settings, using humor and spontaneity to teach emotional regulation and communication.

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  • More Than One Story: Orientation Session**

    August 13, 20246:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    **Special registration required: https://CBAW_MTOS_infosession.eventbrite.com
     Registration closes 24 hours before scheduled orientation sessions. 

    Join Community Building Art Works in a virtual orientation session to learn more about our upcoming program for women and non-binary military (Active Duty and Veterans), More Than One Story. The upcoming monthly program will use live, interactive online art and creative writing workshops held over several weeks to create a “Virtual Community Center” where women and non-binary military members can gather and experience belonging in a healthy, safe, and connected environment.

    There are almost 2 million women Veterans living in the United States today, and over 400,000 currently serving in the military. There’s less information about non-binary Veterans and military members, but research suggests that the gender diverse individuals are twice as likely to serve in the military.

    CBAW’s innovative methodology and programs have been tested and refined over twelve years and have been demonstrated to be an effective creative arts intervention for those struggling with the symptoms of PTSD to include substance misuse and suicidal behaviors. Designed in partnership with volunteers, military clinical personnel, community organizations, and VSOs, these workshops and community events are effective for Veterans wherever they are along their healing journey.

    Individuals interested in participating in MTOS are required to attend one Orientation Session. Additional Orientation dates are forthcoming.

    This program is partially funded by the SSG Parker Gordon Fox Suicide Prevention Grant Program through the VA.


     

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  • Poetic Record: Resilience Workshop for Healthcare Workers w/ Laura Van Prooyen**

    August 13, 20247:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    **This workshop requires special registration.  Register to attend (HERE)

    Laura Van Prooyen is author of three collections of poetry: Frances of the Wider Field (Lily Poetry Review Books) Our House Was on Fire (Ashland Poetry Press) nominated by Philip Levine and winner of the McGovern Prize and Inkblot and Altar (Pecan Grove Press). She is also co-author with Gretchen Bernabei of Text Structures from Poetry, a book of writing lessons for educators of grades 4-12 (Corwin Literacy). Van Prooyen is the Managing Editor for The Cortland Review, and she teaches in the low-residency MFA Creative Writing program at Miami University. She lives in San Antonio, TX. www.lauravanprooyen.com

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