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Art Therapy and FSU Student Veterans Collaborate

Published October 14, 2014
Art Therapy and FSU Student Veterans Collaborate

From left: Megan Welch, Christopher Watkins, Margaret Mahan, Kendrick Richardson, Meredith McMackin, Drew Matott, Annie McFarland, AB Gorham, and Allison Milham

The Florida State University Student Veterans Center held a paper-making workshop beginning Wednesday, September 24th that lasted through Saturday, September 27th, aptly named the Peace Paper Project. The event kicked off Wednesday with the “Make a Sheet, Take a Sheet” event, where the outdoor paper-making studio used a bicycle-powered pulping machine. This was followed by an evening reception where Meredith McMackin (an Art Therapy doctoral student) officially dedicated the workshop in honor of her son, Marine Corporal Julian McMackin Woodall, who was killed in Iraq in 2007.

Thursday’s events included two poetry workshops led by Kerry Evans and the Dean of the College of Social Work, Dr. Nick Mazza. Following this was another papermaking segment introducing hand papermaking traditions. Participants also burned silk-screens of photographs or images/words onto their pieces of paper to add personal meaning.

An all-day paper-making studio was held on Friday where students could come and go at their leisure. In attendance were student veterans as well as art and art therapy students. This was a great opportunity for students to mingle with others from different departments. The workshop was concluded Saturday with a training session for those interested in helping maintain the papermaking equipment and help facilitate future workshops. The FSU Student Veteran’s Center hopes that their new papermaking equipment will be used by groups around the university and that student veterans can facilitate when possible. Interested groups can contact Meredith McMackin for additional information.

A big thank you goes out to the Student Veteran’s Center for putting on such a great workshop, the Peace Paper Project, and specifically to the Director of SVC, Billy Francis, whose support of the arts at FSU has made it all possible.

Article courtesy of Art Therapy