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State Humanities Councils and Veterans

Arizona

The Arizona Humanities Council supported the Arizona Veterans Showcase – a day of sharing and discussion about the unique issues facing veterans – on March 29, 2014 in Phoenix. Through the sharing of personal stories and experiences, the program hopes to build an appreciation for the huge sacrifices veterans have made in service to their country, as well as bring attention to the assistance and support many veterans need to successfully reintegrate in their communities.

California

In 2014 Cal Humanities is embarking on a multi-year initiative focused on the experience of veterans returning from war. War Comes Home will include hundreds of activities throughout California. These events will bring communities together with veterans and their families, writers, and historians to explore how California is welcoming its veterans home. http://www.calhum.org/programs/war-comes-home

Maine

Founded in 1997, the Maine Humanities Council developed the Literature & Medicine program, an award-winning reading and discussion program for health care professionals. Health care facilities and Veterans Administration hospitals across the country have collaborated with other state humanities councils to convene regular reading groups in which medical staff learn through literature to empathize with the traumas experienced by the veterans and severely wounded soldiers whom they serve.

State councils that have participated in the Literature & Medicine Program include: Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawai’i, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia. http://mainehumanities.org/programs/litandmed/index.html

Massachusetts

In March 2013, Mass Humanities awarded a grant to the Veterans Education Project for Unlearning the Language of Violence. The grant supports community conversations about violence in America by way of a series of public events, lectures, panels, oral history, film, literature, radio interviews or "town meetings," and online outreach.

Minnesota

In September 2013, the Minnesota Center hosted the 25 Veterans’ Voices Award ceremony which highlighted veterans who have made exceptional contributions to their community. http://www.minnesotahumanities.org/vets

In an effort to strengthen a network of creative voices statewide, the Minnesota Humanities Center and Mixed Blood Theatre have joined forces in promoting a new production, “4 Score Toward the Sun,” a play based on personal stories of veterans from all conflicts and on all sides, collected in years of story circles. The play premiered in November 2013. http://www.minnesotahumanities.org/vets

Missouri

Missouri Humanities and the Warrior Arts Alliance offered creative writing workshops for veterans, their family members, and writers interested in preserving the military experience in Summer 2013. http://www.mohumanities.org/news-updates/missouri-passages/july-2013-vol-11-no-3/veterans-writing-workshops-underway-in-springfield/

This program developed from an earlier collaboration with the Missouri Writers Guild and the department of Veterans Affairs in Missouri, which offered creative writing workshops for 49 Missouri veterans in September and October 2011.

Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, Volume 1, published by Southeast Missouri State University Press with Missouri Humanities and the Warrior Arts Alliance, is a creative writing anthology of poetry, fiction and nonfiction submissions by veterans and family members from across the nation and spanning generations; from World War I to Iraq and Afghanistan. Volume 1 was released in November, 2012 in honor of Veterans’ Day.  http://www.mohumanities.org/proud-to-be-writing-by-american-warriors/

A second volume was released on November 15, 2013. A third volume is currently in the works.

Texas

On Memorial Day 2013, Texas Humanities, in collaboration with Texas Veterans’ Voices, welcomed veterans, their families, and the general public to participate in group readings of Greek texts at the Byrne-Reed House. http://www.humanitiestexas.org/news/articles/veterans-voices


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