“Piquette Square saved my life, but art saved my soul,” says Derrick Westbrook, a formerly homeless veteran who resides at our Piquette Square and who has been taking the art workshops for veterans at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA). The workshops meet once a week for four weeks.
There’s a spring session, which just concluded, and a fall one. Each class meeting consists of a one-hour educational tour of a part of the DIA and then 90 minutes of hands-on creativity facilitated by professional artists.
“It’s a great opportunity for the veterans to explore and express ideas and experiences,’ says Byron Nemela, Studio Programs Coordinator at the DIA.
Several veterans from Piquette Square have been attending the workshops regularly since they began in 2013. Their work, as well as the work of many others participating in the DIA’s educational programs, will be part of the 10th Annual DIA Community Group Art Show on December 6.