Next week I’ll be in Washington D.C. for a special week-long event on the role that Art and Literature can play in the healing process for Veterans. It’s a collaborative effort with the Smithsonian and the Library of Congress to collect stories and hear the voices and artistic expressions of our veterans as they struggle to piece together their lives and cope with the trauma of war. In addition to a variety of workshops, several events are open to the public.
Workshops will be taking place at various sites across the city. Some of the Veteran’s work will be presented at the closing program on Friday night, including a theatrical production at the Library of Congress Coolidge Auditorium (free tickets available here). The workshops are in conjunction with the 2012 GI Film Festival which will be showing over forty military films across the city. As part of the Art & Healing project, a special free screening of the new film, Where Soldiers Come From, will take place at the Corcoran Art Gallery, along with a Q & A session with the filmmakers. Tickets are free for this event at their web site.
As part of the Library of Congress-Veteran’s History Project, I’ll be working with director Jonathan Wei and other Veterans for the “In the Telling” project. If you’re in the Washington area or know someone who is, I encourage you to stop by and take part in some of the events or take in a film or two.
I’ll give you a full report after I get back.
Until next time,
J. A. Moad II