EVENT: The Art of Saving Veterans’ Lives with Robert Foley
DATE: AUGUST 23
TIME: 6:00PM / Doors at 5:30PM
LOCATION: 128 Main Street in downtown Biddeford
Engine to feature U.S. Navy SEAL Robert Foley’s art therapy project, “Artists For Peace And Freedom”
Robert Foley–U.S. Navy SEAL, Middle East Veteran and Veteran Advocate–will give a presentation about his work as the U.S. Director for Artists For Peace And Freedom-United States (AFPAF-US) alongside Veteran Fred Moody, Maine State Facilitator for AFPAF. Engine will present the documentary “Artists For Peace And Freedom” on August 23, 2018 at 6:00pm at Engine, 128 Main Street, Biddeford.
Approximately 22 veterans per day end up choosing death by suicide. The AFPAF-US vision is to explore new and creative approaches with individual veterans through a unique form of art therapy. The activity that best captures this unique form is the Jackson Pollock style referred to as “action painting.”
While offering unconditional veteran-to-veteran support in outdoor natural settings, military veteran representatives from each state known as “facilitators” will introduce some of the most radical abstract styles for a military veteran to express his or her own thoughts, feelings onto canvas with the support of participating veterans offering encouragement and unconditional acceptance.
“Through this unique approach, we are creating a form of storytelling. We say to each and every one of our veterans, “Leave It On The Canvas!” The canvas, like Jackson Pollock’s, is painted with fearless, forceful, rapid, impulsive brush strokes or by hurling, splashing or dripping the paint in the colors and or combinations that resonate in the minds of each individual veteran,” says Foley. “The veteran will “Leave It On The Canvas” while never forgetting. The goal of the AFPAF-US is that the veteran will no longer carry jarring memories ever again. With the help and support of veteran facilitators across the country, AFPAF-US and its existing brother affiliates worldwide envision a direct impact on tens of thousands of lives by restoring hope and purpose within each and every veteran.”