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Operation Healing - National Campaign

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  • Mary Kate McKinley
    Hi All! Here s another project for you! Please pass this along to anyone or any group that you think might be interested. Thank You! (I ve pasted this into
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 16 9:39 PM
      Hi All!

               Here's another project for you!  Please pass this along to anyone or any group that you think might be interested.  Thank You!  (I've pasted this into the message & attached it).

                        -Mary Kate!

      Operation Healing Art U.S.A.
      United We Stand as Artists,
       Unifying Spirits through Art.

       “Libertas Creare”Ó

      Freedom To Create

      Create and Design an American flag composed of individual squares reflecting the emotions of the people. It is a flag that will express our feelings waving freely to unify us as one Nation.  It is a flag of the people.
       By June 14
      th “Flag Day” complete your flag and fly it locally for everyone in the community to enjoy the creative work.
      Who is this for? 
       Any individual or group who wants to use the power of Art as a healing tool.
      Ó “Libertas Creare” Marietta Dantonio-Fryer, Joel T. Keener

      Operation Healing Art, U.S.A.
      United we Stand, Unifying Spirits through Art

      1.        To empower, uplift, and give hope to the American People.
      2.        To enable a sense of control to enter our consciousness replacing a sense of hopelessness and lack of control.
      3.        To foster patriotism in our beliefs of democracy.
      4.        To allow self- expression of deep emotions with art as the medium.
      5.        To have an opportunity to share your emotions .To communicate to the world how this tragedy has affected each and every one of you.
      6.        To participate in a declaration of love for all of humanity.
      7.        To truly understand what democracy stands for: Freedom.
      8.        To understand that true freedom comes from within, and through art and creating, you will always be free. The freedom to love and the freedom to express this love is our birth right as human beings.
      9.        To unify as many as possible in the creative process spreading the words of truth, beauty, and love to all we touch.
      10.       To offer realistic reassurance to the American people.
      11.       Ultimate Goal: to complete a flag that is comprised of separate 10” x 10” squares of canvas or cotton neutral color material, to be sewn into your own uniquely American flag. Each square will be designed and painted, drawn or printed by individuals of each group making their flag. 
       You will need:
      A team leader (anyone who will orchestrate the project in your community)
      A place to work
      Materials (see list)
      A person or a group of people to sew the squares into a Flag
      A place to exhibit the finished U.S.A. Flag

      “Little progress can be made by merely attempting to repress what is evil. Our great hope lies in developing what is good.”
      Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States

      Ó “Libertas Creare”, Marietta Dantonio-Fryer, Joel T. Keener
      Operation Healing Art, U.S.A.

      1.        Find the selected group of individuals you want to work with on the group flag. You may want to separate people into age groups if the group is extremely large. If the group is not that large then allow mixed age groups to work together.
      You will need a space to assist people in painting their emotions onto the fabric squares. (Tables and chairs)
      Once the space is allocated for the project, you will need to purchase or have donated the materials to be used for project. See Material list for all supplies needed.
      Choose a time that will be convenient for you to have people meet at the specific location you have allocated for the project. Post the time and place so people know where and when to meet.
      Pre cut your fabric in 10” x 10” squares. Have these ready for the participants.
      To paint, draw, dye, and or color the squares. You need to have a section of red, white, and blue squares done to create the American flag colors.
      If you choose to make a second square, this can be done in any color of your choice to create your visual image.
      The squares can be silk-screened, Lino Block printed, hand painted acrylics, oils, collage of fabrics hand sewn onto the square, digitally manipulated image printed on computer ready canvas or silk, rubber stamping, hand dyed. Add beading, buttons, calligraphy (appropriate poetry), ribbons, colored pencils, permanent markers, silkscreen images, fabric paint, and textured paint. (Must be permanent pigments used)
      9.        NO: pastels, paper, water based markers, watercolor paint, watercolor pencils, Encaustic, clay, metal, wood, plaster.
      Read inspirational verses such as “The Invitation”, by Oriah Mountain Dreamer. (See attached page)
      Hand out the sheet “Profile of an Artist”(see attached)
      Distribute the questionnaire sheet, (see attached).  If working with a group, lead a group discussion with participants. These questions will help people to make decisions on what they want to place onto their fabric squares.
      If time permits, have participants draw their ideas onto a 10” x 10” piece of paper first before tracing the design onto the fabric.
      On the last few pages I have listed five possible approaches to this project. Please choose the one that best fits your needs. If you think of a different approach on how to create your group flag, then please create with total freedom of expression.
      Exhibit the completed Flag in your community or at your home, or organization.
      Photograph the flag and the participants. Send the photo to contact@... for inclusion on the Survivors Art Foundation web site if you like. (See guidelines for photo submissions)

      Ó “ Libertas Creare”, Marietta Dantonio-Fryer,  Joel T. Keener

      Operation Healing Art, U.S.A.

      Materials List:

      Painting the Squares

      10” x 10” square of fabric
      Types of fabric- Cotton muslin, Cotton duck light weight canvas, any light weight neutral color fabric
      Permanent markers in primarily red, white, blue and shades thereof
      Acrylic paint, Oil paints, Fabric paint
      Fabric dyes
      Permanent Silkscreen Printing ink
      Drawing the Squares: Pencils, Erasers, Newsprint or any lightweight paper
      Tracing the Designs onto the Squares: Saral transfer paper, Graphite paper, or Carbon paper      

      Sewing The Squares

      Sewing Thread
      People to sew
      Straight pins
      Sewing machine

      Flag Size:

      Minimum size- No less then 40”on its shortest dimension and 70” at its longest dimension.
      Maximum size- none………….up to you!!!!! Size must be proportional.
      The traditional American Flag has 13 stripes, 50 stars and a blue rectangle in the upper left hand corner. There are 6 stripes below the blue rectangle, and 7 stripes to the right of the blue rectangle. There are 7 red stripes and 6 white stripes.
      If you are planning a more traditional flag it will require thinking through the current design. The min., size flag 40” x 70” would require 28 (10” x 10”) squares. Flag makers need to think about the relationship of the blue field to the stripes.

      “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.Ó
      “Libertas Creare”, Marietta Dantonio-Fryer, Joel T. Keener

      Operation Healing Art, U.S.A.

      Name____________________________________________   Date_______________
      1.        What does the American Flag mean to you?

      2.        What does the color Red mean to you?

      3.        What does the color Blue mean to you?

      4.        What does the color White mean to you?

      5.        What does democracy mean to you?

      6.        What does freedom mean to you?

      7.        What color is fear?

      8.        What do you think of when you think of unity?

      9.        What would that become visually?

      10.       How do you feel right now?

      11.       What would that become visually?

      12.       What is patriotism?

      13.       What would that become visually?

      14.       What does peace mean to you?

      15.       What would that become visually?

      16.       What color is hope?

      Ó “ Libertas Creare”, Marietta Dantonio-Fryer,  Joel T. Keener

      Operation Healing Art, U.S.A.

      Approach One:
      Have each person create their own 10” x 10” fabric square in the paint medium and style of their choice.
      Use only red, white, and blue, in a monochromatic range of color.
      When all of the squares are collected, sew the squares into a traditional flag.

      Approach Two:
      Have each person create their own 10” x 10” fabric square in the paint medium of their choice.
      Have a section of the flag that is in monochromatic range of the colors red, white, and blue.
      Have the rest of the flag squares painted in a full spectrum of color. Each personal square can be painted and design in the choice of colors of the individual.
      Once all collected, the team leader and the person who will sew the flag will design the overall final look of the completed flag.

      Approach Three:
      Person with no group
      Make your 10” x 10” square or squares, and send them to -
      Operation Healing Art, U.S.A.
      121 Pine Drive
      Newark, DE 19713
      The squares will be made into large flags.
      Date deadline one and Two :  November 1, 2001 , December 1, 2001 ( for web site inclusion only)

      Approach Four:
      Person who wants to make their own Flag
      Please follow procedure and Flag proportion and size requirements.
      Possibly involve your family members
      Create your own designed Flag expressing your emotions.

      “Evil is like a shadow-it has no real substance of its own, it is simply a lack of light. You cannot cause a shadow to disappear by trying to fight it, stamp on it, by railing against it to any other form of emotional or physical resistance. In order to cause a shadow to disappear, you must shine light on it.” Shakti Gawain, author of “Creative Visualizations”.
      Ó “ Libertas Creare”, Marietta Dantonio-Fryer,  Joel T. Keener
      Operation Healing Art, U.S.A.

      Approach Five:
      Group that does not have a person to sew the flag
      Please follow procedure and flag and size proportions
      The difference will be that instead of pre cutting the squares; you just draw the squares onto the fabric. One person in your group will responsible for creating their images onto one square of the flag. It will give the appearance of a collage or quilt with no sewing, creating one flag. 

      Photo Submissions to Survivors Art Foundation web site:
      When you have your photos developed have them done directly onto a Kodak “Picture CD”. There is usually a box you can check directly on the developing envelope.
      If you cannot find a developer to do this, then send the photo to: Susan Adsit , 30 Vine St., New Britan, CT 06052

      “I have learned through bitter experience the one supreme lesson; to conserve my anger, and as heat is conserved is transmitted into energy, even so our anger controlled can be transmitted into a power that can move the world.” Mahatma Gandhi

      “ You can choose to follow your heart always. Then you can be in the middle of hell and still experience inner peace and happiness. You can stay in your state of bliss, and hell will not affect you at all.”   Don Miguel Ruiz, author of “The Four Agreements” and
      ”The Mastery of Love”

      Ӕ Libertas Creare”, Marietta Dantonio-Fryer,  Joel T. Keener
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