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Lectures & Presentations
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Lectures & Presentations
A Cultural Narrative
Since 2010 we have been researching and writing the cultural history of the arts and the military, looking at the ways in which the arts were used within the military and by veterans and military family members for purposes of rehabilitation, vocational training, well-being and efficacy, and readjustment to civilian life.
Unique and universal themes emerge from the stories of World War I, World War II, Vietnam, and the most recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as revealed below.
Iraq & Afganistan
Peace Paper Project
Gold Star mother Meredith McMackin (above) has helped establish Julian’s Creative Arts workshop at Florida State University in memory of her son. Meredith is completing an Art Therapy degree and will continue to work with military communities.
Self Portrait – Man Split Apart
Vietnam veteran Sky David addressed his war experience in a painting from 2005, created some 35 years after service.
World War II
During and after WWII the Museum of Modern Art in NYC ran a War Veterans’ Art Center that offered recreational and pre-vocational classes for returning service members and veterans.
World War I
After WWI crippled and disabled soldiers learned such trades as printing through military-sponsored vocational training programs during rehabilitation at hospitals like the one at Fort McHenry in Baltimore.
We provide conference speakers and training sessions about the cultural history of the Arts and the Military.
We can deliver lectures and presentations that complement exhibitions and community projects, or that meet your organizational need for keynote speakers. You can expect high-quality and engaging presentations that meet your educational and interpretative goals.
We offer several engaging lectures and presentations focused on the cultural history of the arts and the military from World War I to the present. We are particularly interested in the use of the arts for rehabilitation, vocational training, service member well-being and efficacy and veteran readjustment to civilian life. Our lectures consider the growth of occupational therapy during World War I; the development of the Army's Basic Seven arts program after World War II; and art making as a form of social activism by veterans who served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Our current presentations document the arts and military history from World War I, World War II, Vietnam, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. They are...
• Art From War: Documenting Devastation/ Realizing Restoration
• In Service to the Nation: Arts and Crafts and the Military
• Art Making and Activism: Combat Paper Project
• The Arts and the Military
Here is a brief view of the history included in our lectures.
o Lectures and presentations on the history of the arts and the military
o Training sessions on the history of the arts and the military
o Project-directed research
o Project-directed writing
We have been asked to present our lectures at the following locations and events:
— National Marine Corps Museum
— Boston Athenaeum
— Library of Congress -- John W. Kluge Center
— Salina Art Center
— Cameron University
— Military Experience and the Arts 2
— Because Hope Matters Radio
— Seminole Nation Museum and Seminole State College
— Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
— Arts, Military + Healing
— Society for the Arts in Healthcare
— La Salle University
— Smithsonian Institution -- Master's Program in the History of Decorative Arts
— George Mason University -- College of Visual and Performing Arts
— Friends Academy
— City of Wewoka, Oklahoma
— St. Paul's School
— Friends School of Baltimore
— Smith Center for Healing and the Arts