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United Arts Council

Vet Arts



For veterans of all US military branches and their spouses. 

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The workshop series will provide veterans an opportunity to explore writing, music and movement (dance) in a comfortable judgement-free zone.  No prior experience is needed. Workshops can be taken individually or in a series you choose based on your interests.  Writer Mimi Herman, drummer/veteran Greg Whitt, dancer Michelle Pearson and dancer/veteran Alfredo Hurtado will guide a fun artistic creation process. We welcome you to create art,  camaraderie and connection with fellow vets.

Watch WRAL's story on dancer/veteran Alfredo Hurtado:

Tuesday, Sept. 25, 6-8 pm: Writing Your Life
Saturday, Sept. 29, 10 am-12 pm: Writing- Where in the World
Saturday, Oct. 6, 10-11:30 am: Drumming - Musical MWR
Thursday, Oct. 11, 6-7:30 pm: Drumming - Musical MWR
Saturday, Oct. 20, 10 am-12 pm: Movement and Dance
Tuesday, Oct. 23, 6-8 pm: Movement and Dance

All workshops will be held at:

United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County
410 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 170, Raleigh, NC  27603 
The office is located in a first floor, accessible location. Enter our doors from the Tucker street parking lot.

Workshop Descriptions

Writing Your Life
  (Tuesday, 9/25/18, 6-8 pm)
with Mimi Herman
"How can I know what I mean until I see what I say?" the poet E. M. Forster once said. As a veteran, you've had many experiences in the military and in other areas of your life. "Writing Your Life," led by poet and novelist Mimi Herman, will help you find ways to share the parts of your life that are most important to you. Whether you've been writing for years, or are just thinking of getting started, this workshop will make it easy for you to explore your experiences through writing and see what it all means to you, your friends and your family. 

Writing—Where in the World (Saturday, 9/29/18, 10 am-12 pm)
with Mimi Herman
Whether you were stationed overseas or served stateside, you know a world. Learn how to bring this world to life through writing about your experiences and observations. You'll discover techniques to describe what you've seen, heard, smelled, felt and tasted, and way to communicate the world as you understand it. Whether you write poetry, fiction or non-fiction--or have never written before-- you'll feel at home in this workshop, led by world traveler and 2017 NC Piedmont Laureate, Mimi Herman.

Drumming—Musical MWR  (Saturday, 10/6/18, 10 am- 12 pm; Thursday, 10/11/18, 6-8pm)
with Greg Whitt of Drum for Change
Calling All Hands! At some point all military families have connected with programs for Morale, Welfare, and Recreation. Here’s one that’s happening right here in Raleigh. It’s a rhythm-based workshop to help you get back in the groove. In this program you will develop basic skills for making music using indigenous drums and small percussion from around the planet. Every participant will be hands-on and fully interactive. If you miss that sense of camaraderie and unit cohesion, you'll rekindle a bit of it here by developing connections, mastering skills, and achieving shared objectives —through music! Your instructor is veteran teaching artist Greg Whitt, who also happens to be a US Air Force Veteran!  If you managed to march and sing cadence way back when, you’re going to be great at this. No experience necessary and veterans of all abilities can participate. Instruments are provided. Guaranteed to be lively, loud, and fun! 

Movement and Dance  (Saturday, 10/20/18, 10 am- 12 pm; Tuesday, 10/23/18, 6-8 pm)
with Michelle Pearson and Alfredo Hurtado, of Blackbox Dance Theatre

This active workshop is led by Warrior Reset favorites, dancers Michelle Pearson and Alfredo Hurtado. Alfredo is an Army veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. This is an opportunity to create dance, communicate and collaborate; while increasing range of motion, exploring connections and having fun!   

Cost is $10 per workshop; $25 for 3-5 workshops, or $30 for 6 workshops; scholarships are available. ​(You may sign up for any combination of workshops):

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For more information, contact Brandi Neuwirth, [email protected].

Vet Arts is a United Arts Council initiative supported by Duke Energy and the NC Community Foundation.  

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410 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 170
Raleigh NC 27603

Phone: (919) 839-1498
Fax: (919) 839-6002