Carpetbag Creative Arts Reintegration ~ Digital storytelling with Linda Parris-Bailey
In conjunction with the presentation of Carpetbag Theatre’s newest play, Speed Killed My Cousin — about an African American woman soldier who returns from Iraq and struggles with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Moral Injury– we work with community partners to offer theater workshops, story circles, digital storytelling training, and performance-based community dialogues, through our CAR (Creative Arts Reintegration) Program. In particular, we create opportunities for women veterans, veterans in PRRC programs and veterans of color and their families to share their stories, and experience the healing power of creative expression.
CAR is an innovative theater arts program, designed and implemented in collaboration with the Tampa VA Psychosocial Rehabilitation & Recovery Center (PRRC), VA clinicians, the University of South Florida (USF), and several arts organization partners. The project is designed to reach out to veterans and their families, who have been impacted by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and/or Military Sexual Trauma
This unique collaboration between arts organizations, the VA and other service providers directly enhances the mental health of wounded service members and helps to foster healthy readjustment to civilian life. Theater workshops also include movement and voice exercises that improve fitness and wellness activities for warriors and their families. Leadership naturally emerges from these exchanges as people take charge of their own process and story. The role of the visiting artists and workshop leaders is to transfer skills that will strengthen existing peer mentorship programs, such as the Tampa PRRC “Voices of Recovery” group, and develop new leadership where arts-based programs do not currently exist. In addition, public performances and dialogues raise awareness about veteran’s issues, educate the public, connect veterans to the larger community, and build bridges of understanding.
Intent (ensemble and community goals)
Wednesday Nov 16