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Life lessons on the curve of a glass bubble

Chris Stowe is a husband, dad, seasoned military strategist, Veteran, passionate advocate for the needs of military patients diagnosed with traumatic brain injury and PTSD and ARTIST. In this candid and insightful presentation Chris will share how important it is to be willing to shatter everything to achieve creative and life fulfillment.

His personal journey through PTSD and exploration of the creative arts is the inspiration for Operation: Art of Valor. Glassblowing is a particularly good medium for veterans because it requires the concentration and teamwork that they learned in the military. It also provides veterans who have struggled with return to civilian life, a framework to reconnect with society and feel part of the community.

You will be inspired and learn how mission driven alignment supports collaborative solutions. In this example, a Veteran with a vision, the community-based Morean Arts Center, and the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital are transforming lives and families while building a stronger community.

Seed funding through Creative Forces: NEA Military Healing Arts Network, a partnership among the National Endowment of the Arts, Department of Defense, Department of Veteran Affairs and state agencies supported the establishment of a partnership between the Morean Arts Center & James A. Haley Veterans Hospital (JAHVH), The Operation: Art of Valor program currently offers a six-level glassblowing course to military patients and veterans. The Morean is establishing similar programs using photography and clay to serve the special needs of military patients and veterans who benefit from the opportunity for continued self-expression and connecting to community through the arts outside of clinical care.

This local virtual celebration of World Creativity and Innovation Week (WCIW), hosted by Morean Arts Center, St. Petersburg and My Favorite Art Place, Clearwater features creators, makers, and arts organizations joining innovators in over 48 Countries around the world to celebrate (WCIW). WCIW became a United Nations International Day of observance in 2017.

WCIW is a worldwide community dedicated to using Creativity and Innovation to solve problems for the planet, in countries, states, cities, schools, the workplace and in personal lives. Beginning April 15 and concluding on the eve of Earth Day, April 21st, people unite globally to provide time, space, opportunity and skill building for people to generate new ideas and use the power of imagination to make a difference in many ways. For more information visit