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Convening: Art in the Service of Understanding: Bridging Artists, Military, Veterans, and Civilian Communities with NEFA in Boston—Friday 10 March - Sunday 12 March 2017

photo from liz lerman's healing wars
Liz Lerman's Healing Wars. Photo by Teresa Wood.

The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) partnered with HowlRound to livestream the convening Art in the Service of Understanding: Bridging Artists, Military, Veterans, and Civilian Communities from Boston on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Friday 10 March to Sunday 12 March. Use Twitter hashtag #artsandmilitary to participate in online conversation.

Use Twitter hashtag #artsandmilitary to participate in online conversation, and follow the HowlRound Journal Series related to the convening. 

The convening in Boston brings together key stakeholders from the arts, healthcare, and military communities together for deep discussion on practices, learning, challenges, and impact around creating and presenting arts projects addressing military and veterans issues. The goal is to advance the investigation of art in building bridges between military and civilian communities, methodologies for artist-military collaborations, and to explore the case for further investment. 


Schedule for the HowlRound.TV livestreams: 

Friday 10 March 2017 (all times in Eastern Standard Time (USA), UTC-5)
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12:00-12:45 p.m. Welcome
12:45-2:15 p.m. Introductions


4:15-5:45 p.m. Session #1: Artists' Perspective
Connecting with Military and Veterans Communities—Building Trust and Getting Access

  • Inner Circle Participants: Roman Baca, Megan Carney, Teo Castellanos, Joe Goode, Tara Mallen, Victoria Marks, Marty Pottenger, Peter Snoad, Helen Stolzfus, Anthony Torres
  • Facilitator: P. Carl


Saturday 11 March 2017 (all times in Eastern Standard Time (USA), UTC-5)
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9:30-10:30 a.m. Case Study: Excerpts from American Records' ReEntry by KJ Sanchez and Emily Ackerman and Discussion


10:45am-12:15 p.m. Session #2: Veterans, Military & Veterans’ Service Programs Perspective

Steps Toward Building Common Language Between Military Communities and Artists

  • Inner Circle Participants: Umoja Abdul-Ahad, Nolen Bivens, Madison Cario, Maurice Decaul, LTC (Ret) Arthur DeGroat, Dr. Patricia Jones, Marete Wester
  • Facilitator: P. Carl



1:15-2:45 p.m. Session #3: Military Healthcare Practitioners, VA, and Art Therapists’ Perspective
What Artists Need to Know About Trauma in Working with Military and Veterans’ Communities

  • Inner Circle Participants: Brittany Costa, Dr. Scot Engel, Dr. Sara Kass, CAPT Moira McGuire, Jeremy Nobel, Bill O’Brien, Dr. Michelle Stefanelli, Rebecca Vaudreuil, Melissa Walker, Dr. Lisa Wong
  • Facilitator: David Dower



3:00-4:00 p.m. Case Study: Discussion and Presentation from En Garde Arts' Basetrack Live, created by Edward Bilous, directed by Seth Bockley



4:15-5:45 p.m. Session #4: Arts Presenters Perspective
Connecting Artists, Military, Veteran, and Civilian Audiences

  • Inner Circle Participants: Madeline Bell, Ty Furman, Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, Margaret Lawrence, Carla Peterson, Sam Pressler, Michael Reed, Robert Richter, Clyde Valentin, Ruth Waalkes
  • Facilitator: David Dower



Sunday 12 March 2017 (all times in Eastern Daylight Time (USA), UTC-4)
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10-10:25 a.m. Break Out Report Backs Groups 1-5



10:30-11:30 a.m. Case Study: Discussion and Performance by AXIS Dance Company of to go againchoreographed by Joe Goode



11:30am-12 p.m. Closing and Next Steps



About HowlRound TV
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