Art of Warriors

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The basic message of Odysseus in America: Combat Trauma and the Homecoming, psychiatrist Jonathan Shay writes—”whether recovery occurs spontaneously or in a confined treatment setting, recovery happens only in community—” underscores the strategy behind Art of Warriors, an arts-based collaboration among the Coral Springs Museum of Art, the Florida Humanities Council, the United Way of Broward, the VFW 8195 Stone of Hope Military Outreach Center, the Pompano Beach Vet Center, the Fort Lauderdale Vet Center, the South Florida Storytelling Project and other organizations working to support veterans in their quest for a “new” normalcy.

Storyteller/scholar Caren S. Neile, PhD, brings her experience working with veterans to this continuing project at the Coral Springs Museum of Art. The Art of Warriors, was recently funded by the Florida Humanities Council. Dr. Neile will discuss the program, and explain how storytelling and other art forms help relieve the effects of trauma.  VFW Post 8195 Stone of Hope Military Outreach Center Executive Director Bobby White rounds out the program as the veteran liaison.

This program will be a season-long, weekly workshop that blends two elements valuable to veterans—the arts and community. This project epitomizes how the humanities and art programs like film, performance, guided activities in oral storytelling and creative writing can help individuals with traumatic emotional and physical needs, in this case veterans, overcome their pain.

Dr. Neile is an affiliate professor at Florida Atlantic University, as well as the former chair of the National Storytelling Network. She speaks and performs throughout the country and overseas, including as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Vienna and Jerusalem. A former Peace Corps volunteer, Dr. Neile was granted honorary membership in the Rotary Club of Boca Raton Sunrise for her work with children on storytelling and peace.

With guidance from Dr. Neile, veterans will learn to articulate their experiences—whether service-related or otherwise and share their stories with each other and with the community. A pre and post survey will be used to measure impact on the veterans.

The Coral Springs Museum of Art sees this project as expanding its mission, “Art is for everyone” and connecting storytelling to its “art reach” efforts and onsite museum art collections. The project is open to all veterans, men and women of all wars, living in Broward County; however, based on prior experience, the project may appeal to veterans ages 20-40.

Free. For registration and information, call 954-340-5000. To reach Bobby White at VFW Post 8195, call 954-987-6089.

Art of Warriors next session will begin in the fall of 2015. Watch the Art of Warriors video to see the program and what it offers to our veterans.

Program Dates:
Fort Lauderdale Vet Center
Tuesday, September 22, 2015   2pm
Improvisational Theater Workshop: Sick Puppies

VFW 8195
Tuesday, September 29, 2015   7:00pm
Ballroom Dancing: Tosca Carroll
(partners provided)

Pompano Beach Vet Center
Tuesday, October 6, 2015   11am
Storytelling: Caren Neile

Fort Lauderdale Vet Center
Friday, October 16, 2015   10am
Storytelling: Caren Neile

VFW 8195
Tuesday, October 20, 2015   7:00pm
Painting: Larry Joe Miller

Coral Springs Museum of Art
Saturday, October 24, 2015    2pm
Artist Talk: John Bowen
Followed by ceremony at the Moving Wall exhibit at 6pm. (Vietnam Veterans Memorial) between Coral Glades High School – 2700 Sportsplex Drive and Coral Springs Aquatics Center – 12441 Royal Palm Boulevard.

Stone of Hope
Thursday, November 5, 2015   7pm
Songs of America: Matthew Sabatella

Program Locations:
Coral Springs Museum of Art
2855 Coral Springs Drive
Coral Springs, FL 33065
(954) 340-5000

Pompano Beach Vet Ctr
2300 W. Sample Road
Pompano Beach, FL 33073
(954) 984-1669

Fort Lauderdale Vet Ctr
3666 W. Oakland Park Boulevard
Lauderdale Lakes, FL 33311
(954) 356-7926

VFW 8195 Stone of Hope
Military Outreach Ctr
4414 Pembroke Road
Hollywood, FL 33023
(954) 987-6089

About Coral Springs Museum of Art
Since its opening in early 1997, Coral Springs Museum of Art has served Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade Counties, Fla. The museum focuses on highlighting present-day, nationally recognized and Florida artists who create traditional, modern, postmodern and digital art. The museum is located at 3855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs, FL 33065.

About United Way of Broward County
United Way of Broward County is a volunteer driven, community-based, nonprofit organization servicing Broward County for 75 years. United Way of Broward County’s mission is to focus and unite the entire community to create significant lasting change in the impact areas of Education, Income and Health, the building blocks for a better life, which positively impacts people’s lives. United Way of Broward County is the catalyst for change and convener of partnerships that unite the hearts, minds, and resources within the Broward community. For more information, visit

About United Way of Broward County’s Mission United
Mission United is a critical program supporting U.S. military service members, veterans and their families in Broward County by helping them re-acclimate to civilian life. Key focus areas include employment, education, health, legal assistance, emergency financial aid, and housing. Mission United was created with multiple partners to align existing military services and create programs where there are gaps in support. For more information on Mission United, please call 954-4-UNITED or visit

Florida Humanities Council Logo“Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the Florida Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.”

Art of Warriors is sponsored, in part, by the Florida Humanities Council and United Way Broward County.

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