California Humanities has had a long history in working with veterans and veterans’ organizations through our grants and programs, from our Literature and Medicine® program to our War Comes Home initiative, which included a series of thought-provoking interviews with veterans. We hope to increase awareness and understanding of the veteran experience, and we’re encouraging everyone to learn more by participating in a program supported by California Humanities near you:
Real Veterans, Reel Stories is a statewide series of screenings and discussions of short documentaries made by veteran filmmakers in San Francisco State University’s Veteran Documentary Corps program. Upcoming programs will take place in Los Angeles on October 28 at the Echo Park Film Center, and in Gilroy on November 9. Additional events are planned for Sacramento and Fresno.
Stories of the ½% is an afternoon of dramatic storytelling and discussion by Los Angeles area veterans followed by public dialogue at the Los Angeles Public Library Taper Auditorium on November 12 organized by the Mindful Warrior Project, an LA-based Veteran-Serving Organization. Admission is free and Spanish translation will be available.
War Ink is an award-winning online exhibit of images and stories contributed by California veterans to share their experiences of war and coming home, as documented through memorial tattoos. The online exhibit was curated by a public librarian and a veteran activist in partnership with 24 California public libraries.