Thursday, February 27, 2020

Cut short

Art installation honors all U.S. veterans

Cut Short Veterans Memorial Garden is located on the
grounds of the Village Arts Factory and located directly
next to the Veterans Dormitory on Ridge Road in Canton.
Photo courtesy of Jill Engel
The Partnership for the Arts and Humanities in Canton has established a permanent outdoor memorial garden to honor all veterans, living and deceased, who have served in the nation's armed forces, especially those whose lives were 'Cut Short.'
The installation, situated on the grounds of the Village Arts Factory and located directly next to the Veterans Dormitory at 250 Ridge Road South in Canton, consists of twenty-one 6-inch by 6-foot white posts placed in lines like the white crosses at Arlington National Cemetery. The posts are cut into various lengths representing those who served a full career and those whose lives were “cut short.”
The memorial was designed by Top20 ArtPrize Artist Pamela Alderman who has become known for creating situational art that focuses on various social issues. Many of Alderman's works include participatory art projects that invite individuals into healing processes as they engage in art-making. Her latest design project has created a sacred place to honor veterans.
“Cut Short provides a special place for families and friends to honor any veteran, who is living or deceased,” stated Jill Engel, executive director of the Partnership for the Arts and Humanities.  “The installation offers a unique opportunity to honor a life of service by adding a silver plate with a loved one's name and image permanently in this outdoor garden.  This memorial is a powerful representation of the dedication and sacrifice of all our veterans have made.  It's an especially poignant memorial for those who made the ultimate sacrifice and whose lives were cut short.”
Engraved plaques measuring 3.5 inches x 5 inches can be purchased for $100 by visiting www.partnershipfor
The Partnership for the Arts and Humanities is a 501(c)(3) organization that is committed to encouraging the development of cultural arts in the Canton community by providing arts advocacy and education.
For additional information about the Cut Short memorial garden at the Village Arts Factory, visit or email