NVAM is committed to education
NVAM provides support and resources for educators. Current education resource guides that support recent exhibitions include:
Tactical Formations - the exhibition highlights artist collectives making work about the veteran experience, but also underlines the power of organizing into communities in order to achieve common goals.
The Joe Bonham Project - an exhibition that aims to keep the dedication, sacrifices, and indomitable spirit of our wounded warriors present and accounted for with more than a hundred drawings and illustrations created during the time spent with patients at VA Hospitals throughout the United States.
The 100 Faces of War Experience - an exhibition of portraits of 100 veterans who were chosen to represent the statistical demographics of the American involvement in these conflicts.
Surrealism & War - an exhibition of veterans’ artwork that explores the relationship between Surrealism and the experience of war.
The Things They Carried - an exhibition of artwork and artifacts that make up this permanent exhibit give students and visitors the opportunity to interact with objects carried by “grunts”, or ground soldiers, in Vietnam and brings to life the experiences written in the book The Things They Carried by Timothy O’Brien. Interactive exhibition:
General teacher resources are available to support educational visits to NVAM. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about these resources:
General Teacher Resources - materials designed to aid your class in creating meaningful, in depth experiences during their visit. This material is designed to be used in preparation for, during and to continue dialog after your visit to the museum and aims to maximize the impact of your class’ experience.
Esprit de Corps - an exhibition featuring art by nine veterans of Vietnam, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and the Global War on Terror, Esprit de Corps traces the process and roles of therapeutic art from the act of initial perception through expression of experience to an ultimate communal sharing and understanding of the real impact of war.
Highlighting the Spirit of Creative Resilience - the art on display in the museum use visual language that can forge a link between student and soldier, art and history, as well as create relevant connections to contemporary issues of war, emotional hardship and positive change. The lessons in this packet support learning that focuses on how art can be used as a tool to create dialogue about the complexity of war and the human experience that accompanies it. Students will explore how to interpret and understand art as a tool of communication by synthesizing and assimilating information from different disciplines into demonstrated comprehension and development of abstract and critical thinking through the learning process
Intrusive Thoughts are unwelcome involuntary thoughts, images, or unpleasant ideas that may become obsessions are upsetting or distressing, and can be difficult to manage or eliminate. Although they are commonly unseen, there are silent signs of our current occupations in our local communities, households, and memories. This exhibit features work by veterans of Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Global War on Terror that bring these signs from the shadows to the forefront and give these traumas a voice in the political and cultural discussions of today.
Overlooked / Looked Over opened on March 10, 2012 in honor of the centennial celebration of International Women’s Day. Curated by Iraq veteran Erica Slone, the show includes eight female veteran artists. Overlooked / Looked Over responds to the growth in numbers of women joining the military, which has soared of the past decade. Slone notes that women currently comprise 14.5% of active duty military and there are 1.8 million women veteran; yet there has been little research to date on how contemporary military culture and war affects women. “Through Overlooked / Looked Over,” Slone says, “I intend to shine a light on the unique experiences of women during the service, in war, and as veterans.”
Prayer Boots - Jon Turner’s “Prayer Boots,” an interactive piece that asks patrons to reflect on their relationship to war and to offer their meditations. Turner is a three-tour Marine Corps veteran whose work with the Combat Paper Project was also on exhibit as part of the Intrusive Thoughts exhibit. Turner’s “Prayer Boots” was on display from Memorial Day 2011 through May 2012.
NVAM Out Loud - an interactive, youth-generated website featuring artwork and resources for young people and youth educators https://www.nvamoutloud.org/