Tuesday, Nov 07, 2017 - 9:00 am

San Diego, CAOn Thursday, November 9, 2017, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) will host a panel and reception from 10 AM to 12 PM to celebrate the work of active duty armed forces members who participated in the Museum’s ArtOASIS program. The event will take place at the Museum's downtown location, at the galleries at 1001 Kettner Blvd., located across the street from the Jacobs and Copley Buildings.

The ArtOASIS program is a comprehensive art-based program that supports the recovery of active military personnel overcoming Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). MCASD partners with Combat Arts, a local nonprofit organization that provides art experiences for combat troops, to facilitate the program. Participants engage in a series of weekly art classes and visits to the Museum to produce original works of art as a means of coping with the effects of combat-related stress.

At this special ArtOASIS panel and reception, program participants will share their stories and the impact the program has had on their lives. The event will begin with light brunch bites at 10 AM, followed by a panel discussion at 11 AM. Panelists include retired Navy Seal Robert (Bob) Augello, Combat Arts founder Elizabeth Washburn, artist Perry Vazquez, and artist and former OASIS participant Aaron Reihner, who will speak first hand to the cognitive benefits of this program. Following the event, participants' artwork will be on display at MCASD Downtown from November 9, 2017 through January 31, 2018, including three works installed in the Museum's breezeway.

Please contact Leah Straub for high-resolution images or to RSVP for the event.

San Diego is home to the nation’s largest concentration of military personnel, with more than 100,000 active duty service members in San Diego. MCASD is committed to serving the families of service men and women. In addition to the ArtOASIS program, the Museum offers free year-round admission to all members of the military and their families.

The ArtOASIS program at MCASD is proudly supported by the California Arts Council, Mary Berglund, and the Seeley Foundation. Additional funding has been provided by annual contributors to the MCASD Museum Fund, the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, and the County of San Diego Community Enhancement Fund.


Founded in 1941, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) is the preeminent contemporary visual arts institution in San Diego County. The Museum's collection includes more than 4,700 works of art created since 1950. In addition to presenting exhibitions by international contemporary artists, the Museum serves thousands of children and adults annually at its varied education programs, and offers a rich program of film, performance, and lectures. MCASD is a private, nonprofit organization, with 501c3 tax-exempt status; it is supported by generous contributions and grants from MCASD Members and other individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies. Kathryn Kanjo is The David C. Copley Director and CEO at MCASD. Institutional support for MCASD is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.