ARTS in the ARMED FORCES (AITAF/www.aitaf.org) bridges the cultural gap between the United States Armed Forces and the performing arts communities by producing theatrical and musical performances for mixed military and civilian audiences. AITAF performances and programming accentuate the shared humanity of all Americans by using live performance to unite artists and service members and encourage dialogue. AITAF creates space for these two communities to enrich and diversify each other via their respective skill sets, life experiences, and demographics. AITAF enlists artists of the highest quality and chooses material with an eye to what might speak to this particular audience without necessarily being war-themed or focused.
The relationship between the military and arts communities is a form of untapped capital, as each group has distinct resources to offer. The military is a large organization with an ethnically and socially diverse population, making communication skills and self-knowledge imperative. The arts can be used as a form of self-expression, self-examination, and distraction—all applications that are greatly needed by the military and civilians alike in both the best and worst of times. To further explore this untapped capital, AITAF will bring together leaders from numerous arts organizations that work with the military to discuss how these two communities can better serve one another and how they can further create a supportive relationship rich in an exchange of ideas and skills.
The panel discussion will include Marine, actor and co-founder of AITAF, Adam Driver; Artistic Director of Outside the Wire and AITAF Board member, Bryan Doerries; Marine, Founder and CEO of Hire Purpose, Zach Iscol, and Director of Goliath, Artistic Associate at Culture Project, Co-Artistic Director of Poetic Theater Productions, and coordinator of the Veteran Artist Program’s NYC Veteran Arts in Service Festival during Veterans Week this November, Alex Mallory.
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The Arts in the Armed Forces workshop will begin promptly at 5:00 p.m. in room 1.1 of the Old School.
Please arrive fifteen minutes early for check-in, which will be through the red doors at 233 Mott Street. Preregistered participants who are more than five minutes late will lose their seat to walk-up participants. Although unlikely, Workshop times and classrooms are subject to change.