US Veterans in Tampa Bay get FREE registration

17 Sep 2020, Posted by Robin McGowan in Community, Events, News

One Day Tampa Bay is a 24-hour community photography project where professional and camera hobbyists are challenged to document the lives and light of St Pete, Tampa, Clearwater and all the towns in between. The annual event results in an exhibition and a dynamic and reflective documentation of our cities and their neighborhoods. All levels of photographers are welcome to participate.

This year, the Morean Arts Center is expanding their successful Art of Valor Glass Blowing Program where US Veterans recovering from brain injuries and post-traumatic stress syndrome enjoy the benefits of the creative process and establish a community network.

“We are committed to our mission of connecting the entire community with art and are thrilled to be able to offer the One Day Photo Challenge to those who have risked everything for us through their military service. Many of the programs and services that sustain Veterans are not able to deliver traditional solutions right now. We are grateful to our funders for making this experience possible,” said Morean Arts Center Executive Director Howayda Affan.

The Art of Valor Photography program will feature a photography club model and is being launched in conjunction with the Morean hosted One Day Tampa Bay program. US Veterans who enjoy photography or wish to explore it as a new creative art form, are being offered FREE registrations for the One Day Tampa Bay challenge. Veterans living in the Tampa Bay region may contact for complete registration details.

The Art of Valor photography program manager, Beth Reynolds, a St. Petersburg native, US Coast Guard Veteran, and photography instructor, will be providing a frame-work of virtual skill building and outdoor destination photography meet-ups for the Art of Valor Photography program. Reynolds will also be delivering photography skills building lessons to Veterans receiving therapies thru the Haley Hospital over the next few months.
After a hiatus imposed by COVID safety practices, the Morean’s Art of Valor Glass Art program resumed their in-studio and hot shop work this week. The glass artists were provided with virtual photography lessons in photographing their glass art encouraging synergies between the two groups and mediums. The glass artists are preparing for a November gallery exhibition to be hosted in the Chihuly Collection.

Community members who wish to support the Morean’s programs for US Veterans may make a donation, buy art made by program participants, purchase a Gift Card or become a member of the Morean Arts Center.

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