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This exhibition features artwork of the 8th & I and Nations Capitol Young Marines, staff, family members, and workshop instructors/ volunteers.  The Young Marines is a national youth program for boys and girls, ages eight through high school graduation, focused on leadership, citizenship through community service, self-discipline, and living a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. The artwork represents their participation in learning about the history of the Armed Forces Awards and Decorations followed by a session in creative writing to write about a decoration they created in clay for themselves and/or others.  The meaning of their artwork is written on paper made by Frontline Paper Veterans from Marine uniforms from WWII to the present.

Artwork is represented by members of the United States Public Health Service (USPHS). Founded in 1889, USPHS is one of the eight federal uniformed services, whose medical, health and engineering professionals fight disease, conduct research, and care for patients in underserved communities across the nation and throughout the world. We are gratefully for their response to COVID and other humanitarian efforts over the years.


Join us for an opening reception celebrating this exhibit on November 2, 5-7pm!

We would like to express our appreciation to the individuals and organizations for making this workshop and exhibition possible with monetary and in-kind donations:

Air Force Officers’ Spouses’ Club of Washington, DC and the AFOSC Thrift Shop at Joint Base Anacostia Bolling

Mark Merlino and Merlino Construction Group LLC

Colonel (USAF, retired) Chuck and Linda Ferguson

Frontline Paper

DC Public Library, Creative Writing Program

Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital

Kasse Andrews-Weller, recipient of FY22 Art Fellowship from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities contributed a portion of her grant to support this project and exhibition


Thank you to the instructors and volunteers who made a difference:

Sarah Jones, Sanaa Design

Colonel Chuck Ferguson, USAF, retired

Colonel Fred Borch, USA, retired

Chris Stevenson

Paula Cleggett

Captain Moira McGuire, USPHS, retired

Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital’s staff and volunteers

Nations Capitol and 8th & I Young Marines’ staff and volunteers

Geraldine Robbins, Evaluator

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