Newport News, VA On Thursday, June 28, Spectrum and the Peninsula Fine Arts Center (PFAC) hosted a reception to celebrate the therapeutic works of Rebecca Iacdino, US Army SGT, a Wounded Warrior and artist ofThe Healing Arts Project. Spectrum proudly sponsored this program through the Spectrum Foundation along with ITA, Bay Electric, and Sentara Health Foundation.
The Healing Arts Project provides specially designed art classes and workshops for current members of the military as well as veterans. Led by art therapist Meghan Bernier, this project’s focus is on a specific curriculum designed to re-build physical and emotional skill sets through art experiences and therapy.
Reception attendees had the special opportunity to view art created through each stage of the therapy, hearing in the artist’s own words what each piece meant to her, and from her therapist what each piece represented during the healing process.
Spectrum President and CEO Jeff Wassmer states, “Our troops and their families sacrifice daily for each of us to enjoy the freedoms we do. Our troops often return with scars both seen and unseen which need to be treated. This program is just one way to repay the debt we owe them for their service to our freedom. It was an honor to meet SGT Iacdino and see the talented results of her therapy and this amazing program. My hope is that The Healing Arts Project receives the awareness it deserves and even more support from our local community.”
Courtney Gardner, states, “For Rebecca, PFAC’s art therapy sessions provided some real emotional relief by encouraging expression of her feelings and concerns about her taking of lives while in Iraq and her own medical difficulties. She commented to me many times how Meghan helped her deal with the hidden illness and scars that war leaves behind. As the Executive Director of PFAC, I am thrilled to see Rebecca have increased levels of self-confidence and self-esteem through engaging in the Healing Arts creative activities; to change someone’s outlook on life is powerful. I hope the community will step up to help PFAC continue to fund this incredible work.”
On January 1, 2009 Spectrum implemented the “Spectrum Foundation.” This Foundation serves as the governing body for all of Spectrum’s charitable giving, with 50 percent of the proceeds from the Foundation benefiting a 501(C)3 that supports the military. The Spectrum Foundation is a donor advised fund managed by the Peninsula Community Foundation of Virginia. To learn more visit our Foundation website at www.foundation.sptrm.com
Spectrum is a veteran/employee-owned business that serves the Department of Defense and federal agencies. The company specializes in providing the National and DoD intelligence community with innovative, realistic and affordable solutions in technology. Spectrum also provides full system support from assessment to certification and takes great pride in exceeding client expectations. To learn more, visit our corporate website at www.sptrm.com