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.
Setup day for the Voices Project at Veterans Memorial Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
After Zero-Day veterans installed the artwork, we offered daily community tours.
Following the exhibit, several veterans expressed their experience of positive emotional growth.
The art and stories inspired new empathy for the veterans' struggle with pain and loss.
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.
Hundreds of thousands of 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 project, virtual experience, or inspiring presentation—utilizing art as a healing tool.