On September 24, NVAM welcomed Vision Quilt founder Cathy DeForest to the the museum to present and discuss the work made by teens from throughout the city of Chicago during the summer of 2016. Teens from Woodson and back of the Yards YOUmedia branches as well as the NVAM Teen council and community members gathered to share resources, reflect on the work made by students and hold dialogue concerning the ongoing trend of increased gun violence in Chicago and around the country.
During the showcase, young artists spoke of their personal experiences with gun violence both directly and indirectly. Students from IMPACT family center shared about the frequency and subsequent frustration with gun violence in their neighborhood while NVAM Teen Council member Camile was moved to tears when she described the empathy and fear she feels knowing that youth and families are being killed in her city through gun violence.
“How many here have been affected by gun violence?” asked Cathy DeForest
Along with youth, community advocates listened and shared inspiration for hope for the future. A mother of a child killed by gun violence read a poem while others shared insight into community involvement opportunites to make an impact and create positive change.
After the presentation the panels will remain on display at NVAM through the end of the month and then be made available at rallies, community meetings and public display. Learn more at www.VisionQuilt.org
Tell Me a Story I DON’T Know!
NVAM Education workshops at the Chicago Childrens Museum at Navy Pier
The art in the National Veterans Art Museum collection showcases the memories, experiences and histories of our nation and the veterans who have served to protect it. Each work of art shares the unique stories of the individual who made it and provides the opportunity to start a conversation resulting in a deeper, more meaningful learning experience. The art brings history to life through the eyes of those who lived it. For our younger audiences, the museum is careful to select age appropriate art from our collection that allows children and their families access to understanding and exploration of veteran voices through art.
In March, NVAM was excited to have the opportunity to work with young artists and their families at the Chicago Children’s Museum. The Tell Me a Story I DON’T Know! workshops invited museum visitors to share stories while creating a portrait of one another. The workshop theme was inspired by the 100 Faces of War Experience and the process of meeting and speaking with each veteran the way Matt Mitchell did over the course of his 9 year project.
this was made with foam core, and printed pictures. One of the pictures was The Meeting of the Scout and the Winged Boy the other was a sketch I drew of it over the summer. This is one of my favorite paintings in the Surrealism and War exhibit.
The idea behind my accordion book has a lot to do with how I think life works. Different aspects of life (in this case, my book has dots that are made up of a bunch of different colors) add up and come together to form a single idea, thought, or symbol that mean something. In my pamphlet, I drew flowers, hearts, patterns, etc., things I draw or think about on a day to day basis.
It’s been a quiet week here at NVAM. I came in Tuesday in a rush to get things done by 1pm only to realize that the program had ended and I wouldn’t be greeted by the usual sounds of rummaging through art materials, shaking of spray cans and all the smiles and laughter I looked forward to every afternoon. *sigh* The work space is still filled with all the residual art making bits and pieces– sketches and practice pieces, folders of notes and idea maps. I MISS OUR TEENS!!
The good news…… August 14 we will it will be #25memories part 2 as we showcase all the amazing art made by the teen apprentices at the Destination Chicago event at the Chicago Cultural Center from 11am-3pm!! (come by and visit us! We are showing tons of work and the blog right next to our partners YouMedia!)
AND!!! Teen council will start up in September! Woo hoo! Stay tuned for details! (and email firstname.lastname@example.org if you or someone you know is interested in signing up!)