Art From the Heart: From Soldiers to Artists

Fort Bragg

Craig Bone, an artist and veteran from Zimbabwe is teaching 12 soldiers the skills to become
professional artists as they transition from the military to civilian careers. The program, called Art From
the Heart, is sponsored through the American Red Cross at Fort Bragg in coordination with the Army
Wounded Warriors Career program.

While working with these soldiers, Bone imparts his own experiences from entering the
professional art world after recovering from injuries incurred during duty. The program aims to prepare
the soldiers for establishing a life outside of the military, and provides a means of therapy for the
physical and mental trauma of deployment.

At the end of the program, Bone plans to publish a book featuring artwork from each of the
students. The artists will retain all of their profits and copyrights to their work.

This story was documented for a multimedia class at UNC. Kevin Ziechmann is a senior photojournalism
major from Chralotte, NC.

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