SO I wanted to let my readers know about The National Museum of the Marine Corps is collecting children’s artwork for a second year, as part of the “Art for Wounded Warriors” program again after last year’s successful inaugural year. The artwork will be used to decorate facilities around the country to brighten the recovery of wounded Marines. The Museum is calling on all young artists to submit a painting, drawing, or coloring with a picture and supportive message on an 8 ½” x 11” piece of paper. Artists should also write their name, hometown and grade level on the back of their pictures. All works of art must be submitted in a flat, rigid envelope postmarked by December 10, 2011. The program is for a great cause and a wonderful activity for both in the classroom and at home. So I am attaching the Press Release for you all to know the information!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE MARINE CORPS COLLECTING
CHILDREN’S ARTWORK FOR WOUNDED MARINES
Museum’s “Art for Wounded Warriors” program to brighten the holidays of nation’s wounded for second year
Washington, D.C. (September 29, 2011) – The National Museum of the Marine Corps is conducting its “Art for Wounded Warriors” program for the second year, after receiving overwhelming support from children and youth from across the country in its inaugural year. The “Art for Wounded Warriors” program, managed by the Museum’s Teacher-in-Residence, is again calling on young artists to submit art to decorate recovery facilities and brighten the days of our wounded Marines. The Teacher-in-Residence program is supported by the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation.
“The wonderful support this program received in its first year was so heartening,” said Museum Director Lin Ezell. “We can’t wait to see what the young artists send us this year. It will surely help make the holidays much brighter for the wounded warriors recuperating in hospitals around the nation.”
This year, the Museum is working with the Wounded Warrior Regiment to distribute the artwork submitted by children to brighten the walls of hospitals from coast to coast. All children who enjoy drawing, painting or coloring are encouraged to show their support for America’s Marines by submitting their original works.
“The Museum’s call for artwork is a wonderful way to teach children about service to the nation as well as for children to express their gratitude and support for our Marines,” said James Hunniford, Teacher-in-Residence, National Museum of the Marine Corps. “Art is a fun, stimulating activity for both parents and teachers to do with children; especially for such a great cause. We hope this program helps our nation’s children understand that there is something they can do to help.”
Children who wish to participate should create a picture and write a supportive message on an 8 ½” x 11” piece of paper. Artists should also write their name, hometown and grade level on the back of their pictures. The Museum will accept drawings, paintings or colorings from children of all ages and abilities. All works of art must be submitted in a flat, rigid envelope postmarked by December 10, 2011. Artwork becomes the property of the Museum and cannot be returned.
“It’s always inspiring to see young artists’ creativity and commitment to support our wounded heroes,” said Lt. Gen. Robert R. Blackman, Jr., president & CEO of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. “I can imagine how much it will mean to our recovering Marines to know that we are thinking about them and especially that young Americans hold them in their thoughts and want to brighten their day.”
Dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Marine Corps history, the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation was established in 1979 as a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization. The Foundation supports the historical programs of the Marine Corps in ways not possible through government funds. The Foundation provides grants and scholarships for research and the renovation, restoration, and commissioning of historical Marine Corps artifacts and landmarks. Securing the necessary funding for the complete construction of the National Museum of the Marine Corps and Heritage Center is the Foundation’s current primary mission while continuing to provide program support for the Corps’ historical, museum, and educational activities.
The National Museum of the Marine Corps is located at 18900 Jefferson Davis Highway in Triangle, Virginia. The Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except for December 25. Admission and available parking are free. For more information please call (703) 784-6107 or visit our website: www.usmcmuseum.org.