The Voices Project

Helping Veterans Heal Through Art

The Voices Project, a collaboration Pamela undertook with veteran and entrepreneur Michael Hyacinthe, offered veterans an opportunity to create art and tell their stories of service. The 2021 exhibit featured art by twenty-two veterans and their stories of PTSD, military sexual trauma, suicide ideation, or other challenges unique to their military careers. Leading up to the final exhibit, the project also included multiple workshops, where veterans received coaching on creating an art piece and writing their personal story.

This veteran-based work can also be adapted to fit the needs of your military community. Voices creates a connection point between the veterans and the public, allowing an underserved population to be heard and understood. But more importantly, the project provides a pathway to hope and healing—as veterans enjoy a new sense of comradery and belonging.

Are you interested in commissioning Pamela or hosting one of her hands-on exhibitions, presentations, or creative care programs for your organization or community? Contact Pamela.

Setup day for the Voices Project at Veterans Memorial Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Setup day for the Voices Project at Veterans Memorial Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Zero-Day veteran volunteers installing artwork for the Voices Project Public tours of Voices Project during ArtPrize 2021

After Zero-Day veterans installed the artwork, we offered daily community tours.

Marching Behind Heroes by Ron Leigh - Part of the Voices Project at ArtPrize 2021 Spotted Maple by Dewey Heetderks - Part of the Voices Project at ArtPrize 2021 Freedom Eagle by Michael Sheler, Sr. - Part of the Voices Project at ArtPrize 2021 Re-Entry by Michael X - Part of the Voices Project at ArtPrize 2021

Following the exhibit, several veterans expressed their experience of positive emotional growth.

Postcards From Home by John Katerberg - Part of the Voices Project at ArtPrize 2021 Darkness to Light by Tiffany Horan - Part of the Voices Project at ArtPrize 2021

The art and stories inspired new empathy for the veterans' struggle with pain and loss.

Visitors writing messages on yellow ribbons at the Voices Project during ArtPrize 2021 Visitors hanging messages on yellow ribbons at the Voices Project during ArtPrize 2021
Yellow ribbons with messages were sent to deployed soldiers after ArtPrize 2021

During the Voices Project, visitors wrote over 10,000 messages messages on yellow ribbons which were sent in care packages to deployed soldiers following ArtPrize 2021.

My Beyoutiful Journey by Belinda Coronado - Part of the Voices Project at ArtPrize 2021

Voices, partnering with [Has Heart], would like to thank their sponsors:

Kent County Veteran Services

Kent County Veteran Services

Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency
Has Heart

Almost 400,000 individuals have participated in Pamela's hands-on installations since 2010. Drawing on her own journey towards restoration, her work continues to expand to new communities, focusing on finding solutions to life's challenges. Contact Pamela today to commission an interactive exhibit, virtual experience, or inspiring presentation—utilizing art as a healing tool.