Own 1 of 100 limited-edition Glass Poppies commemorating the end of WWI on November 11, 2018. Hand crafted by Wounded Warriors from the Hot Shop Heroes, each poppy will come on a display stand with a dog tag to commemorate this 100th anniversary.
Hot Shop Heroes is part of the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington and is a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Art Therapy Program created by Dale Chihuly, a well-known American glass sculptor. Glass Poppies will be on display for the first part of 2018 at the Museum of Glass and then at the Denver Botanic Gardens from October through November 11th, 2018 at which time they will be available for collection.
Own a piece of Veteran history for $500 and support the Capital Campaign project for the VFW Post 1. Each flower is made by a team of four Veterans who are participating in the Hot Shop Heroes program.
In 2013, Museum of Glass introduced Hot Shop Heroes: Healing with Fire. This partnership with the Warrior Transition Battalion (WTB) at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) serves soldiers with the most complex and devastating physical and mental injuries. Most recently, the classes have expanded to serve soldiers outside of the WTB and veterans. Hot Shop Heroes offers glassblowing and flame-working classes to soldiers and is a core education program at MOG with two 8-week classes, introductory and intermediate, offered three times a year. Each weekly class serves 9 soldiers. Evaluation has shown that the program has been particularly effective for participants with Traumatic Brain Injury and Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder. For many participants, the benefits are physical, emotional and spiritual. “This class awakened a previously hidden joy in creating things by hand. I was able to actually feel something other than numb,” shares one of the program’s pilot course participants.
Hot Shop Heroes students are selected from applicants at the Warrior Transition Battalion at JBLM and the American Lake Division VA Puget Sound Health Care System.
Find out more at the Hot Shop Heroes website.