THE BRAT ART INSTITUTE'S INAUGURAL 2016 MILITARY BRAT ART CAMP
A joint project of the Military Kid Art Project and Brats Without Borders, in association with Old Dominion University.
Our mission is to understand and empower military youth through art and creativity.
Our goal is to provide free scholarships for every military kid, ages 12-17, who wants to attend the 2016 Military BRAT Art Camp at ODU in Norfolk, VA.
Art binds communities and illuminates culture as few things can. This is especially true for military children who move 6-9 times before they graduate, endure multiple deployments, sacrifice their own needs for their family and country, and are then scattered to the winds like the petals of a dandelion, with no geographical “home” to which to belong.
According to Abraham Maslow, belonging is the third most important human need behind food and safety - even more important than self-esteem. But knowing where you belong can be tough when you're moving all the time and worrying about your deployed parent - even tougher while your brain is still forming and you're still learning how to bond, communicate, and express yourself.
The Military BRAT Art Camp is the only program of its kind, developed by professional artists who were also raised in military families. Author Robin Pascoe says, "Home is where you don't have to explain yourself." For creative military kids, home is a week at the Military BRAT Art Camp creating, celebrating their culture, and just hanging out with new brat friends and teachers who really "get it."
“Art is the most profound way in which a group of people can understand their culture and other cultures. Somehow, art gets at the soul of who we are as a people. It transcends race, class, and gender. It transcends sexual orientation. It transcends history. It transcends war. It, for me, is the only thing that truly is eternal. Histories get rewritten and changed. They get buried. But art, for some reason, manages to remain untainted.” — Poet-Playwright Marcus Gardley, Playwriting Professor/Brown University, MFA/Yale Drama School
ODU is graciously donating the classrooms, gallery space, snacks and lunches, and room and board for the teachers and staff, but we still need to purchase art supplies and program materials, equipment, insurance, and pay staff salaries and travel expenses.
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