Men and women historically have turned to creativity to give meaning to their experience of returning from war from early Greece to contemporary wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and the global war on terror. Creativity is a form of resistance in which all of us can begin to move from victim to victor, to make conscious choices to become a positive force in our families, neighborhoods and the world.
Creativity and community and community are essential to healing whether the war is on the streets of Chicago or the streets of Baghdad. In this poetry workshop local veterans who have transformed their trauma share their stories of what works in the journey toward wellness.
In cooperation with Suellen Semekoski (faculty in the SAIC department of Art Therapy) and the NVAM, Street-Level welcomes two veterans to lead a poetry exercise called "Spoke and Wheel - 31" that embraces the collective power of the group.
Our guests will be:
Adam Navarro, who served for 2000 - 2003 In the US Army 101 Air Born Division as Military Police in Kosovo. The arts have been a constant in his healing journey. He loves stories, spoken word performance and can easily be coaxed into reciting Beowulf in Old English.
Callandra Tapp, who served from 2001-2009 as a Senior airmen in the US Air Force and deployed to Ballad air base in Iraq for four months. She is interested in cross-cultural expressions of beauty and feminine identity and has a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
You can RSVP on our Facebook event page Spoke and Wheel - 3