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Michael Graves sitting with book in hands.
On the day we were scheduled to interview Michael Graves, the celebrated architect, designer, professor, and National Medal of Arts recipient passed away at the age of 80. But as...
Air Force troop drawing on paper.
“There’s always somebody who’s got it worse than you,” said Master Sergeant Earl I. Covel, talking about his 12 overseas combat deployments as a member of the Special Operations Tactical...
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...
Last September, in opening remarks during a National Academy of Sciences workshop on the arts and aging , I posed some questions about research in this field. As reported in Aging and the Arts: Building the Science (2013), an account of the workshop, jointly sponsored by the NEA and the National...
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...
a painting of Operation Steel Curtain by Michael D. Fay
American artists have chronicled war for centuries -- John Singleton Copley's The Death of Major Peirson (1784), Winslow Homer's Sounding Reveille (1865), and El Pozo (1898) by William Glackens, to...
In 1998, Lieutenant Colonel Ron Capps was sent to Kosovo to work as a diplomatic observer for the State Department. One of his duties there was to write up official...
Artwork by a service member participating in the NICoE’s Healing Arts Program. Image courtesy of NICoE In this week's podcast , art therapist Melissa Walker takes us through the Healing Arts program at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) at Walter Reed National Military Medical...
If you asked me early in my medical career how the arts played a role in healing, I might have checked to see if you had a fever. How times have changed. Over the past 30 years, I have watched our profession evolve to meet the ever-changing needs of our wounded warriors. Some of those who have...
Washington, DC Richard Bausch presenting an Operation Homecoming workshop at Fort Drum in Watertown, New York. Photo by Betty Doherty, US Army MWR A signature component of Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience was the creative writing workshops---led by authors such as Marilyn Nelson...