Arts Quincy, in conjunction with the Illinois Veterans Home and Quincy Art Center, is introducing a pilot program called Made in America this spring. This program will be provided free of charge to veterans living in Adams County. The program will provide community veterans means to express themselves through the arts, improve their overall well-being and provide comradery with fellow veterans.

Residents in the Alzheimer’s Unit and Special Care Unit at the Illinois Veterans Home will also have the opportunity to participate in a version of the program as scheduled by the activities director. The program is part of Arts Quincy’s commitment to increase arts access to the under-served population in Adams County.

The first session will feature art instructor Vicki Sandercock, Quincy Art Center, who will teach students to use watercolor paints on canvas using the theme Mid-Western Americana. Paintings completed during the five-session course could potentially include landscapes, barns or other scenic American concepts. The class will be held each Wednesday in May from 5:15-6:30 pm inside Lippincott Hall at the Illinois Veterans Home (1707 N. 12th Street). Seating is limited to 15 veterans. To register, click here or call 217-222-3432 or 217-222-8641 ext. 359.

Courses planned for July and September will focus on sculpture and cartoons respectively. In conjunction with Veterans Day programming at the Illinois Veterans Home, the artwork created by program participants will be on display in a public exhibit in November.

The Made in America: Veterans Arts Program is made possible by a grant from the Community Foundation Serving West Central Illinois & Northeast Missouri by a gift from Al Beck, a local Korean War veteran and art instructor, and the individual and business members of Arts Quincy.

To support this program, become a member of Arts Quincy or make a tax deductible charitable donation. Click here to learn more.

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