The “Veterans and Families Expressions” project is being offered by a community partnership among Headwaters Council for the Performing Arts, the Vilas County Veterans Service Office, the Eagle River Veterans Resource Center, the Northland Pines School District, the Walter E. Olson Memorial Library, and the Warehouse Community Arts Center.
The goal of this project is to offer a variety of outlets–such as writing, artwork, crafts, interviews, conversation, music and more–for veterans and their families to share their stories and to find meaningful support. Works in any art media and crafts are welcome – but not required – for community displays in March before the show.
If you are looking for benefits information, assistance, or other resources, please reach out to:
- The Vilas County Veterans Service Office at (715)479-3629/VeteranServices@vilascountywi.gov
- The Veterans Resource Center at (715) 479-8810
Here are some ways you can participate:
“Share Your Veteran Stories” Writing & Storytelling Workshop
Tuesdays, February 6 – March 12 from 1-2:30pm
Warehouse Community Arts Center.
This group is led by Bobby Bullet and Pamela Nesbit and more information can be found here.
Bobby Bullet is a Veteran, a writer, and a Multiple Native American Music Awards (NAMA) Nominee. As such, he is a weaver of stories, teacher of legends, and keeper of traditions. Drawing on diverse musical influences from country, blues, jazz, and rock, Bobby has performed his own personal style of music for more than 50 years. His music is grounded in personal experience and cultural history. His songs tell well-crafted stories that heal, teach and bridge his Native American roots to all peoples. Pamela Nesbit joins her husband, Bobby, in writing as well as performing Bobby’s story songs. She delights in bringing unique harmonies to the spirit of the songs with voice and Native American flute.
Free Art Classes: Warehouse Community Arts Center
If you have any connection to a vet in your family, you are eligible for any of the classes currently offered at the Warehouse; the Veterans Resource Center is picking up the cost for any class. Find the class schedule here.
Materials submitted by veterans and their family members will be displayed at three community locations, the Olson Memorial Library, the Veterans Resource Center, and the Vilas County Veterans Service Office.
“Kiss Me Once: Stories from the Homefront” with Kathy Kaefer
Sunday, March 24 at 4pm
Free tickets for veterans are available through the Vilas County Veterans Service Office.
Kathy Kaefer’s award-winning show Kiss Me Once: Stories from the Homefront immortalizes the brave men and women of ‘The Greatest Generation’ in a celebration of the songs that inspired them to greatness. Kathy draws a deeply personal narrative from her own interviews with veterans about their wartime experiences and her own grandmothers about their lives as young women on the homefront. Their stories come alive through Kathy’s insightful storytelling and some of the greatest songs ever written.
This project is funded in part by a grant from Wisconsin Humanities, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the State of Wisconsin. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.