Veterans Can Explore their Artistic Side at Daemen College

Daemen College, Veterans and Artists Collaborative, Will Offer Arts Program at No Cost to Veterans


August 10, 2012



Contacts: Mike Andrei

                 Director-College Relations

                 Daemen College




                 Maureen Millane, PhD, MBA

                 Director-Career Services

                 Daemen College




Daemen College and the Veterans and Artists Collaborative will offer free weekend art classes for veterans this fall at Daemen.  


            Classes will be offered from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. on the following Saturdays:  9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 10/27, 11/17, 12/1, and 12/8, in Room 103 of the Daemen Business Building on the College campus, 4380 Main Street in Amherst. The classes are open to all veterans.


The Collaborative was started by Jackie Albarella and Dan Frontera together with Jim Becker, a veteran counseling professional and Army Major with two tours of duty in Iraq.


Veterans’ art work created in earlier classes offered by the Veterans and Artists Collaborative has been displayed at the Roycroft Gallery and the Burchfield Penney Museum.


“The art classes give veterans an opportunity to explore many different kinds of art forms,” said Albarella. “Being part of the group provides the participants with a chance to talk to other veterans, so there are social as well as artistic benefits. They share experiences, and in many cases the older veterans become mentors for the younger veterans. The setting is relaxed and non-judgmental, and we all become friends.


“Some of the veterans have artistic talent, but have not done any art in many years, so this class sometimes reawakens their ability to create art.


“Many participants have said how this gives them a chance to forget their troubles and try something new. We have found several very talented artists in our classes, but many who come just come for the experience, to have a night out. Several of our attendees come from the Veterans Administration Hospital and enjoy just talking to other folks who share their experiences.”


Daemen College welcomes applications from veterans. Through the Daemen Center for Veterans and Veteran Family Services the College provides aid and assistance to veterans seeking a degree. Daemen College is listed in the latest issue of Military Advanced Education magazine’s 2011-2012 list of Military Friendly Colleges. Daemen is also named as a Military Friendly School by G. I. Jobs magazine.

            The College offers a student group, the Daemen Student Veterans' Alliance, led by a U.S. Army combat veteran, that provides resources, support, and advocacy needed to help veterans succeed in higher education and following graduation. 

For additional information on veterans programs at Daemen College visit

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