Pennsylvania Arts Organizations & Artists Provide Programming for Veterans and Members of the Military
By Jenny Hershour, Citizens for the Arts in PA
Below is a summary of some of the programs that are available to both Active Duty Military, Veterans, and their families.
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s (PSO)* Music & Wellness Program works with music therapists and other healthcare professionals to bring therapeutic, live music to individuals at multiple Pittsburgh area facilities, including the H.J. Heinz Campus of the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System.
By Jared Valdez, PA Humanities Council
In late August, the University of Pennsylvania’s Veterans Upward Bound (Penn VUB) program held its graduation ceremony honoring the accomplishments of the Class of 2018. Twenty-four veterans completed the rigorous academic program which provides preparation for the challenges of postsecondary education. Program Director Diane Sandefur read personal profiles of each graduate as they received the certificates, including details about their military service. U.S. Congressman Dwight Evans also addressed the group.
By Rusty Baker, PA Museums
This past summer, 93 of Pennsylvania’s museums, including all of the museums operated by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC), participated as Blue Star Museums. Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums across the United States. Each summer since 2010, Blue Star Museums have offered free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. About 2,000 museums in the United States took part in the initiative in 2018.
By Staff of the PA Department of Military & Veterans Affairs and the PA Council on the Arts
In 2017-18 the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) and the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) joined together to bring collaborative, creative programming to veterans with dementia at all six Veterans Homes in Pennsylvania. This was accomplished through staff and artist participation in an evidence-based, award-winning training program called TimeSlips.
Organizations & Presenters
Education Outreach – September 30, 2015
Laurie Zierer – PA Humanities Council
Susan Pannebaker – Pennsylvania Dept. of Education
Chelsey Pucka – Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Pam Keiper – Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Creative Aging – June 3, 2015
David Gingrich – PA Department of Aging
Steven Horner – PA Department of Aging
Jennie Peers-Smith – Elder Share the Arts
Jamie Dunlap – Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
Gayle Cluck – Cultural Alliance of York County
Robin Beatty-Smith – Crispus Attucks Community Center – York
Tax Credit Programs – April 23, 2015
Rog Smith – Perry County Council on the Arts
Dawn Keefer – Pittsburgh Film Office
Sharon Pinkenson – Greater Philadelphia Film Office