Symposium in Richmond, KY Aims to Equip Military Veterans with Skills They Need for Creative Expression

POSTED: APRIL 18, 2012 by travis.martin@uky.edu

Every military veteran has a story to tell, and a three-day symposium at Eastern Kentucky University this summer aims to help them do just that.

The Military Experience and Arts Symposium, at the university’s Noel Studio for Academic Creativity July 5-7, will equip veterans with empowering creative skills and a voice.

Concurrent workshops will focus on creative prose, poetry, sculpting, drama, music, and therapeutic expression. Numerous support services will also be on hand, including the mobile vet center from Lexington and other veteran service organizations.

Each night will feature special events open to the public that are designed to bridge the gap between civilian and military cultures.

A music concert is planned for the Ravine the evening of July 6, and veteran participants and contributors to EKU’s award-winning Journal of Military Experience will showcase their works in a special reading on the evening of July 7. The second volume of JME will be released on July 5.

Each night will feature speeches and lectures by well-known instructors in the fields of creative writing and creative therapies, including Brian Mochenhaupt, Iraq War veteran and combat correspondent for Esquire, the Atlantic and Reader’s Digest; Emma Rainey, founder of the “Writing My Way Back Home” workshop for veterans; and Ron Capps, director of the therapeutic writing program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

“With each generation, young men and women encounter the extremes of the human condition in locations near and far, returning home in disbelief, struggling to explain – to themselves as well as others – what it was that happened to them,” said Travis Martin, event coordinator and editor of EKU’s Journal of Military Experience. “These three days of workshops, other events and the camaraderie are designed specifically to help veterans tell their stories.”

The event is limited to 100 veterans – any era or branch of service. In addition to the free workshops, all attendees will receive free lodging and meals for three days, free supplies and textbooks to help with the creative processes.

For more information, as well as a link to registration, visit militaryexperience.org/symposium, or contact Martin at travis.martin@uky.edu or 859-257-1840 .

Travis also said they have a couple of slots open to pay for food and lodging, contact him soon too get in on that deal.

If you cannot attend and want your artwork displayed at the  Arts Symposium Travis has offered to display it for you , again contact him  or me for the address to send the work to.

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