Northwest Passage

By: Katie Peralta

Peralta-Violence-22013Using art to heal emotional wounds is a common goal of two northwest Chicago non-profit organizations, and a developing collaboration between the two aims to strengthen their shared mission.

The National Veterans Art Museum, which moved to a space across the street from the Portage Theater about three months ago, partnered earlier this year with Arts Alive/45, the brainchild of Ward 45 Alderman John Arena, his wife, Jill, and Cyd Smillie, president of AA45.

The partnership, which is using the working name “Creating Healing: A Community Arts Project,” intends to recognize the pain caused by violence and provide art-based programs to channel that pain, said Anjalee Verma, development and outreach coordinator at the art museum.

“Sustained exposure to violence is destructive to the human spirit,” she said, adding that expression through art is a way to heal emotional wounds sustained by trauma.

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