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Veterans Glassblowing Day November 4th 2017
HOT SHOP HEROES: HEALING WITH FIRE - Museum Of Glass Tacoma WA
In 2013, Museum of Glass introduced Hot Shop Heroes: Healing with Fire. This partnership with the Warrior Transition Battalion (WTB) at Joint Base Lewis-McChord serves soldiers with the most complex and devastating physical and mental injuries. Most recently, the classes have expanded to serve soldiers outside of the WTB and veterans.
Hot Shop Heroes offers glassblowing and flame-working classes to soldiers and is a core education program at MOG with two 8-week classes, introductory and intermediate, offered three times a year. Each weekly class serves 9 soldiers. Evaluation has shown that the program has been particularly effective for participants with Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
For many participants, the benefits are physical, emotional and spiritual. "This class awakened a previously hidden joy in creating things by hand. I was able to actually feel something other than numb," shares one of the program's pilot course participants.
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