Serving Those Who Served: Engaging Veterans in the Museum

Track
Forces of Change
Start Day and Time
Sunday May 7 1-2:15 p.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
226 America's Center
Description
The transition to civilian life can be very challenging for military service members and their loved ones. Cultural institutions have a unique opportunity to serve as places of reflection, healing, and community building. Hear from representatives of art, history, and science museums and a statewide initiative on the variety of offerings created by and for veterans and the importance of involving this audience. Attendees will come away with concrete ideas of how to engage veterans in diverse cultural spaces and develop partnerships in training and programming.
Learner Outcome
  1. Learn how best to serve and empower veterans through cultural spaces of various disciplines and sizes.
  2. Develop action steps for implementing customized programming and inclusive supports for veterans.
  3. Learn techniques and tools for outreach and cultivating relationships with the military and veterans.
Speakers
Presenter: 
Greg Owen
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Hot Shop Heroes Manager
Organization: 
Museum of Glass
Bio
Greg Owen is a Tacoma, Washington based artist and educator with 30 years' experience in glass art. Greg received his BFA in Glass from California College of the Arts in Oakland, and worked at the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington. In his current role as Manager of the Hot Shop Heroes: Healing with Fire program at Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Greg oversees a series of classes designed to teach soldiers and veterans how to blow glass.
Presenter: 
Jason Poudrier
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
M.Ed.
Bio
Jason Poudrier is an Iraqi Freedom veteran and Purple Heart recipient. He is a writer, lecturer, workshop leader, instructor, and is the director of events for Military Experience & the Arts. He is currently an instructor with the Office of Teaching and Learning at Cameron University. Jason has authored two poetry collections, Red Fields and In the Rubble at Our Feet. His poems have recently appeared in World Literature Today and Blue Streak.
Presenter: 
Marissa Clark
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Accessible Programs Coordinator
Organization: 
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Bio
Marissa A. Clark has been coordinating the Philadelphia Museum of Art's innovative and award winning Accessible Programs since 2003. In addition to handling all aspects of accessible programming from conception to implementation, she has presented at various national and international conferences, is a published author, and has been teaching people of various ages and abilities for many years.
Presenter: 
Sara Lowenburg
Role: 
Moderator
Title: 
Museum Educator for Access Programs
Organization: 
Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum
Bio
As an Educator for Access Programs at Intrepid Museum, Sara designs family programs for diverse audiences, including military service members and their families, children and adults with developmental disabilities, and individuals with dementia and their caregivers. Sara is the Archivist for the NYC Museum Educator Roundtable and is completing her MA in Museum Studies at NYU. Sara is originally from New Orleans and received her BA from Grinnell.