The Minnesota Humanities Center Veterans’ Voices program uses the humanities to amplify the experiences and contributions of veterans, creating space for veterans to tell their stories through literature, theater, art, and the Veterans’ Voices Award. October is Veterans’ Voices Month – designed in partnership with veterans, legislators, and the Humanities Center – provides opportunities to celebrate and share aspects of the unique military culture that unites veterans and is often misunderstood by those who have not served. Throughout Veterans’ Voices month, Minnesotans are encouraged to learn from and with veterans using art, essays, stories, and poetry.
Through collaboration and development, eight themes have been identified as resonating with veterans which are clearly woven throughout the entire program. They are: 1) Combat vs. Non-Combat; 2) Duty; 3) Family; 4) Motivation; 5) Perception; 6) Reintegration; 7) Service and Transformation.
VETERANS’ VOICES STORYTELLING PROJECT
Thursday, April 27-29, 2017 at Camp Ripely, Little Falls, MN.
This project allows Minnesota veterans an opportunity to shape their own life experiences into well-crafted stories that they can share with peers and community members. Through an intensive workshop held at the camp, and which is conducted by experienced instructors from The Moth Community Program, participants gain the skills and preparation to effectively share stories in their own words. No prior storytelling experience is needed. After the retreat, participants perform their stories up to four times over the course of a year at public storytelling events in select communities around the state (modest stipends are offered for performances). Space is limited to 10 veterans. Application deadline is March 31, 2017.
2017 VETERANS’ VOICES AWARD
*Nominations for the 2017 Veterans’ Voices Award are now being accepted!
This awards program recognizes, amplifies, and honor Minnesotans who have honorably served and are making extraordinary contributions to their communities. These actively engaged, former and current military service members go above and beyond to make significant, positive contributions that improve the lives of people across Minnesota.
REFLECTIONS ON WAR & SERVICE: MEMORIALS ON THE ST. PAUL CAPITOL MALL
An educator guide to war memorials at the Minnesota State Capitol Mall
How Americans remember war and military service is shaped by two narratives – the first is about duty and honor that memorialize war and the second includes those intensely personal experiences of veterans and how war is remembered. War memorials, like those found in Minnesota on the State Capitol Mall and those on the National Mall in Washington, DC serve as visual resources for the public to reflect on how war is memorialized and remembered. Reflections on War and Service fills in the missing stories (those absent narratives) of veterans, service members, and military families who remember the war.