Pamela's ArtPrize 2020 Installation
Honoring Our Veterans and Those with Invisible Wounds
A partnership with Kent County Veteran Services
September 16, 2020 to October 4, 2020
Military families tie yellow ribbons around trees to represent empathy and support for soldiers returning home; the yellow ribbon also symbolizes suicide prevention. Expanding these traditions, Yellow Ribbon consists of three wooden trees designed by the artist with the hands-on involvement of the veteran community. The broken-looking trees feature stories of resilience despite PTSD and veteran suicide, battles still being fought.
ArtPrize audience members will write notes of gratitude for the freedoms we enjoy and tie yellow ribbons on the branches to show solidarity. Following ArtPrize, the Blue Star Mothers will send the uplifting notes to deployed soldiers and the healing ribbons to grieving families to remind them of their community that supports them.
Veteran Art Workshops Contribute to the ArtPrize Work
At the beginning of this artwork, Pamela will lead veteran art workshops with Kent County Veterans Services.
During the workshops, veterans and their families will sponge-paint special metallic paper, which the artist will use to fashion the ArtPrize work.
A special collection of eight mosaic paintings created by veterans will be selected and incorporated into the overall design. All workshop participants are invited to create unique paintings.
Yellow Ribbon, and Kent County Veteran Services, would like to thank the following veteran art workshops sponsors:
- 92 For 22
- Kent County Veterans Treatment Court
- Ottawa-North Kent Blue Star Mothers and Marne American Legion
- Blue Star Mothers of South Kent and American Legion 305
- Blue Star Mothers of Ionia, Kent and Montcalm and Ray I. Booth American Legion
- Grand Rapids Home for Veterans
- Holland Home Independent Living
- Finish the Mission Veteran Relief Fund
- Veterans Upward Bound Program
A special thanks to Zero-Day for their valuable contribution to Yellow Ribbon.
We would also like to thank our Yellow Ribbon veteran models from Kent County Veteran Services, 92 For 22, Holland Home Independent Living, Veterans Upward Bound Program, and “Thor,” our canine model.
Over 350,000 individuals have participated in Pamela's hands-on exhibits during the first ten years of the international ArtPrize competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her popular work has become known for engaging viewers through participatory art. Each ArtPrize project or theme can be customized for your needs. Contact Pamela today to commission a hands-on exhibit and presentation that focuses on raising awareness and finding solutions to life's challenges.
Pamela has been an ArtPrize artist since 2009