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Let's hear it for another year of Blue Star Museums!
In 2005, with the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq still relatively fresh in the papers, Matt Mitchell felt compelled to somehow do his part. He had worked for years as an illustrator, but turned now to portraiture, with the idea of capturing the personal and complex experience of return. He set out to...
When it comes to war, history is quick to recall a conflict’s victors and losers. But military life is made up more than triumphs and losses, not to mention the political strategies that led to them. The Blue Star Museums listed here take a look at lesser-known aspects of the American...
As long as war has been fought, war literature has been written as a means of explaining, questioning, and coping with the horrors that have taken place on the battleground. It has taken us to the front lines, to the decision rooms, to the prison camps, and to the training grounds. Much less...
In spring 2012, we devoted an issue of NEA Arts to looking at the ways the arts and the military intersect. One of our features focused on combat artists--visual artists who are embedded with troops to capture their day-to-day experiences on the battlefield. In an excerpt from his blog quoted in...
During his service with the 3rd Infantry Division from 2002 to 2006, Hector Ocampo served two tours of duty in Iraq, the first in 2003 and the second in 2005. His experiences there are never too far from the surface, particularly on his birthday, which triggers memories of an earlier birthday...
This week's podcast introduces Lynn Hill, an Air Force veteran, author, and performer. I saw her last month, at the Atlas Theater's annual Intersections Festival here in Washington, DC, where she performed her own poetry in Holding It Down . Holding It Down is an extraordinary theatrical project...
I don’t have a single childhood memory that does not, in some way, include the arts. As the daughter of an opera singer turned voice teacher and a painter/pianist/playwright and elementary educator, my early life was saturated with visual art, dance, music, and drama. I would wake on Saturday...
Suzanne Asher. Photo by Joseph D.R. OLeary "Art constantly enriches my life and secures me to my own humanity." --- Suzanne Asher Suzanne Asher has always believed in a life of service, which initially meant serving her country in the U.S. Air Force in both operations and as a researcher...

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