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Listed below are some organizations we've worked with along the way, those with whom we've forged a connection and share a similar purpose. All have worked with the Combat Paper Project before establishing organizations of their own. Feel free to give them a visit; perhaps you'll form a connection as well. Click on their picture or name to learn more about them.
The Shotwell Paper Mill is the new home to the Combat Paper Project, located in the Mission district of San Francisco, CA. Led by veteran Drew Cameron, co-founder of the Combat Paper Project and book and paper artist Pam DeLuco.
Combat Paper - New Jersey is a veteran-led program that uses art as a tool to heal. First and foremost, Combat Paper provides a safe and comfortable place where veterans can come together to talk every Sunday. This weekly drop-in session held at a local arts center, uses the ancient art of handmade papermaking to help veterans heal from the physical, psychological and emotional effects of war. Participation is free to all veterans and no registration is necessary. The handmade paper is made out of old combat fatigues. Some vets use their own fatigues and others use uniforms donated by community members. The uniforms are cut into small pieces and beaten into pulp using the art center's papermaking equipment. Led by veterans Eli Wright and David Keefe, based out of the Print Council of New Jersey.
Their mission is to sustain a peer-based, holistic program that supports veterans, with a focus on Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, as they transition from combat to civilian life. They write. They make paper. They cultivate. The Veterans' Sanctuary is led by Nathan Lewis and Jen Pacanowski. View a NY Times video.
The David J. Drakulich Art Foundation For Freedom of Expression has created a papermill with the mission of providing art education and experiences to veterans, their families, active service men and women and their families, and gold star families (those who have lost a loved one in war). In the process they promote art in the community. Located in Reno, Nevada.
Founded in 2010 to facilitate the ability of veterans to express themselves in a variety of art forms through a progressive program of supportive instruction and collaboration. Inspired by workshops by Warrior Writers and Combat Paper in 2009.
The BluSeed Studio Paper Mill is managed by John LaFalce, an artist and papermaker, who has traveled with the Combat Paper Project and leads veteran papermaking workshops using a portable hollander beater.
Through papermaking, printmaking, book arts, and writing workshops Button Field Press attempts to create artistic space for veterans and communities to dialogue about their experiences. Led by Malachi Muncy.
Peace Paper Project shares the empowering process of hand papermaking with marginal populations, survivors of trauma, veterans, and art therapists. Our workshops invite individuals to create art from their old clothing, by breaking down the fiber and reforming it into paper. They incorporate creative writing, printmaking, and bookbinding into the workshops in order to continue the expression. Hand papermaking enables people to process, create, and communicate in a uniquely stimulating and grounding way. In addition to bringing people together to engage in this trans-formative process, Peace Paper Project trains art therapists and organizations to use papermaking within their communities. Established in 2011 by Drew Matott and Margaret Mahan. Matott was a co-founder of the Combat Paper Project.
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