It was a spectacular moment. More than 100 members, non-profit finalists, and guests waited silently to hear the announcement.
“And the winner is…the Printmaking Center of New Jersey for its Combat Paper NJ Project.”
Our members had read, listened and voted. It was time to celebrate the extraordinary winner among five extraordinary finalists.
Combat Paper NJ is a veteran-led program that uses art as a tool to heal. The powerful communal experience of creating handmade art from old combat fatigues assists veterans’ recovery from the physical, emotional, and psychological pain of combat. Combat Paper NJ is run by veterans for veterans. Its Director is David Keefe, a former Marine. In his presentation, he said: “This grant will give us the chance to transform the program we have been working on for the last two years. We will be able to hire a dedicated team for a permanent mobile workshop presence throughout New Jersey. We will be able to take our program on the road into your communities and help your local veterans.”
The Printmaking Center is a 40-year-old, award-winning community arts center. Linda Helm Krapf, Executive Director said, “History will judge us on what we do to help vets deal with the trauma of war. We’ve stepped up to heed the call and now we need your help to expand our efforts.”
Read more at www.printnj.org/combat-paper
Combat Paper NJ was the finalist in the Arts and Culture focus area. That committee in its statement to members wrote: “Awarding Impact 100′s first grant to Combat Paper NJ would be a powerful statement–illustrating how a unified group of women can underwrite a transformational program honoring the commitment and sacrifice of the thousands of soldiers who dedicate their lives to the military and to our country, protecting our lives.”
Impact 100 Garden State is proud to have Combat Paper NJ as our first grant recipient.