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Arts and Military

Looking Into a PTSD Mind by Bill McCormick. Photo courtesy of Bill McCormick "It's not so much about the art; it's what the art represents." --- Liz Mackey, on artwork by veterans The photo framed above features, quite literally, a pile of junk. The glasses, barbed wire, rusted...
Elizabeth Marvel and Bill Camp in Theater of War. Photo by Howard Korn This week's podcast pulls back the curtain on Theater of War . Its artistic director and founder, Bryan Doerries, is a classicist and translator, who was convinced that the Greek tragedies still had the power to move...
Rehearsal for Fallujah . From l-r: Willy Miles-Grenzberg as "Lalo," Nickolas Meyer as "Rocks," Christopher Mayell as "Taylor," and Ken Lavigne as "Philip." Photo by Chad Galloway / Opus 59 Films / City Opera Vancouver When U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant (Ret)...
Helen Blake, daughter of a Marine Corps aviator, marvels at a crystal during a 2011 visit to the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum in Leadville, Colorado, a participating Blue Star Museum. Photo by Molly Blake "I think we truly are creating an enormous generation of museum-goers from...
This week's podcast is a little bit different. We wanted to continue the conversation begun with the recent issue of NEA Arts which focuses on the rich intersections of the arts and the military. So, we asked Vietnam veteran and author Richard Currey to share his experiences reading Tim O'...
BNA recording artist Kellie Pickler joined the USO in honoring our nation's real heroes with a week-long Memorial Day USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour to the Middle East. Paying homage to those who have fallen, as well as those currently serving on the front lines, Pickler dined with troops...
The U.S. Air Force Band of Flight carries their gear through water on an overseas deployment. Photo by Major Richard M. Mench, USAF "I was finishing graduate school as a music major and like most musicians, wanted to work as a performer. The idea of being in a military band had been on my mind...
Michael D. Fay's painting of Lance Corporal Fuller, who is mourning the loss of his comrades form Operation Steel Curtain, Ubaydi, Iraq. Courtesy of the Art Collection, National Museum of the Marine Corps, Triangle, Virginia “You do get a bit of stage fright each time, hoping you can...
About the cover: Lance Corporal Nicholas G. Ciccone by Michael D. Fay, a portrait drawn during their duty in Afghanistan. Ciccone committed suicide in 2003. Courtesy of the Art Collection, National Museum of the Marine Corps, Triangle, Virginia This week on Art Works we're featuring stories...
This week, as we prepare for the upcoming special issue of NEA Arts which looks at the arts and the military, the podcast features a conversation with Operation Homecoming instructor, Ron Capps. Capps served in the U.S. Army and Army Reserve for 25 years. Since leaving the military, he has worked...

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