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A Walk in our Boots

Viewing at the Bear Art Gallery through May 28th.
Viewing at the Bear Art Gallery through May 28th.(KTVF/KXDF)
Published: May. 26, 2022 at 4:42 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - It’s no secret that a large part of the population in the Fairbanks area belongs to the military community.

Because of this, one local art gallery has set out to acknowledge the trauma or PTSD soldiers may have experienced.

The Bear Art Gallery displayed their newest community-wide exhibition by an Alaskan art therapist and her military patients which is called, “A Walk in Our Boots.”

Art therapist, Alexis Castriotta, works with active military and veterans who have experienced brain trauma and/or PTSD.

In 2019 it was documented that active duty military and dependents make up 19% of the borough, and it’s known that many of them struggle with mental health issues.

Whether it’s due to living so far from home, or experiencing the Alaskan darkness for the first time in their lives, art therapy offers a healthy way to cope with traumas.

These are just a few reasons why the art gallery was willing to host this specific military “Forget Me Not” exhibition.

Nicole Wills, the communications associate from the Bear Art Gallery said, “This represents really personal, like, big moments in these people’s lives. There’s obviously the military connection... this is such a big army town. Anybody can apply for this. This gallery is a place for everybody in the community and everyone should feel like confident that they can participate.”

Community members are encouraged to check out the free-entry art exhibition. It’s up for viewing until May 28th; the hours are 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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