National Veterans Art Museum Launches New Educational Programming
Since 1981, the National Veterans Art Museum has aimed to inspire greater understanding of the real impact of war through the collection, preservation, and exhibition of art inspired by combat and created by veterans. Our mission is to help civilians understand the effects of war and provide veterans with outlets for expression. We've recently expanded our educational programming in exciting ways!
The Things They Carried Interactive Website
In collaboration with area high school students, the National Veterans Art Museum is preparing to launch an interactive website for its extraordinarily popular exhibition The Things They Carried. This redesigned site will feature audio, video and high resolution images of art and artifacts in the show, along with historical context of each object and its connection to the war; the object’s relationships to other artwork in the museum; and the object’s connection to other objects soldiers carried—physically and emotionally—during and after the war.
Chicago Summer of Learning
We're also very pleased to participate in the Chicago Summer of Learning, a citywide effort to engage young people in hands-on learning. The digital badges created as part of the Chicago Summer of Learning will eventually be turned into highly interactive apps that students visiting the museum year-round can use to engage with the art, history and civics lessons the museum has to offer.
The National Veterans Art Museum frequently works with Chicago Public Schools and students from other schools and universities to offer an enlightening experience about veterans, war, and the impact of war.
“Thank you for allowing us to hear your story. It was amazing and different. It was unexpected. Seeing the items that you had to carry was intense. I could never do it.”
--Sheri-Ann, high school student
“Hearing your stories about the war gave me chills because of how real it felt. You gave me a new view on war and the reality.”
--Einam, high school student
“Your pictures and art really hit to the heart for the story it tells of who you are, not just a soldier but a man, and I know this must be a cliché, but you’re a real hero.”
--Danyal, high school student
Your Support Means Student Opportunities
In order to continue our mission and increase our educational outreach, we need the support of donors like you. Consider making a donation of $10, $20, $50, $100 or more so we can continue offering inspiring educational opportunities. Your donation is essential to our success and truly makes a difference.
You can also make a donation by sending a check to 4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60641 or by calling us at (312) 326-0270. Want to learn more? Check out our Chicago Summer of Learning page, or connect with us on these social media sites: