Upcoming Event Features: Veterans and Homelessness

A Place to Call Home: A Workshop Where You Can Help End Homelessness
Thursday, November 10, 9am—3pm
Indiana Interchurch Center
1100 W. 42nd Street
IndyGo: 34
FREE, RSVP by Nov. 7 (Limit 150)
317-472-7638 or jhunt@chipindy.org

Presented by Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention (CHIP), Veterans Homelessness Task Force, Community Education and Public Policy Committee of the Continuum of Care, and IU Public Policy Institute.

screen-shot-2016-10-04-at-3-25-05-pmHow can Indianapolis end homelessness? Tell us what you think in this unique town hall meeting and workshop to create a community plan.

Home means different things to different people. At its core home is about safety, comfort, community, and belonging. We believe that everyone in Indianapolis deserves a home. Unfortunately, 5,000 – 8,300 individuals experience homelessness in our community annually.

The Blueprint 3.0 will be our community’s plan toward the goal of ending homelessness. This dynamic plan weaves together community input, best practices, research, and data to develop practical strategies to end homelessness. We invite you to provide your voice to this process that will help more people experience “home” and make Indianapolis a better place for all of our residents.

This day-long workshop is geared for service providers and concerned community members alike. Nationally recognized expert on homelessness Dr. Dennis Culhane of the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice will be the featured speaker. Visit the Spirit & Place website (spiritandplace.org.) for a full schedule, including speaker details.

RSVP’s required by Nov. 7, includes continental breakfast and lunch. Guests have the option of RSVPing for the Town Hall session (9am-12pm), Workshop (12—3pm), or both.


Rebuilding Home: Moral Injury to Soul Repair
Thursday, November 10, 1—2:30pm and 6—7:30pm
Athenaeum Auditorium
401 E. Michigan St.
IndyGo: 3, 5, 10, 11, 17 and 21
317-966-7529 / mail@sapphiretheatre.com

Presented by The Sapphire Theatre Company, Athenaeum Foundation, Valiant Seed, Heartland Yoga Center for Education and Research, and Brite Divinity School Soul Repair Center.

Interactive performance designed to foster healthy communication and re-connection for military members, veterans, families, and friends.

Serving in the U.S. Military is honorable and praise-worthy. Unfortunately, many come home with invisible wounds that leave them deeply conflicted by experiences contrary to their moral beliefs. If unresolved, these moral injuries can result in depression and guilt that break down one’s mental health and home-life. Rebuilding a Home is a performance with guided conversations to shine a spotlight on the signs and symptoms of moral injury, to explore communication techniques, and to offer helpful ideas for military families to reconnect—ideas they can use in celebrating together the following day, Veteran’s Day.

screen-shot-2016-10-04-at-3-25-42-pmRebuilding a Home is an extension of The Sapphire’s award-winning, interactive PICTURE THIS program, delivering impactful learning in an entertaining way since 1984. Audiences will be engaged by live enactments of real-life scenarios with opportunities to talk directly with the characters. The Sapphire is collaborating with veterans and vital community partners to ensure authenticity, relevance, event-day support and on-going resources.  Presentation includes stress reduction techniques and trained on-site Listeners to assist struggling audience members.

Walk-ins welcome. Free, limit space childcare available through the YMCA at the Athenaeum. Childcare reservations must be requested at mail@sapphiretheatre.com

Writing Home: The Stories of American Veterans in Words and Dance
Friday, November 11, 10am—11:30am AND 1pm—2:30pm
Theater at the Fort
8920 Otis Ave.
IndyGo: 4

Sunday, November 13, 10am—11:30pm AND 1:30—3pm
Arthur M. Glick JCC
6701 Hoover Rd.
IndyGo: 28

FREE, RSVP by Nov. 11
317-715-9240 / lfreeman@jccindy.org

Presented by JCC Indianapolis, Dance Kaleidoscope, Indiana Writers Center, Indiana Historical Society (IHS), and Jewish Family Services

Theater, spoken word, and movement performed by Dance Kaleidoscope and veterans will evoke a sense of wonder, understanding, and appreciation for all.

Get a personal glimpse at what veterans think and feel through this multidiscipline endeavor that provides veterans an opportunity to share their feelings and express themselves through written and spoken word and creative movement. This unforgettable experience will tie the past, present and future together allowing people to ponder and experience “home” in a unique way.

screen-shot-2016-10-04-at-3-26-27-pmAs attendees enter the auditorium, they will hear music and will be asked to share thoughts about “home” and a veteran they know. Or, if they are a veteran, their own thoughts of home. A postcard on each chair may be used as a conversation prompt before a brief museum theater piece brings to life a series of letters from the IHS Collections between Norman Vandivier, an Indiana naval aviator stationed in the Pacific during WWII, and his parents.

The event is cap stoned by the readings of veterans previously involved in writing workshops with the Indiana Writer’s Center. Their words are followed by creative dance interpretations created and performed by Dance Kaleidoscope. All are invited to remain after the program, enjoy refreshments, and share thoughts, feelings, and experiences.

Learn from the veterans and be provided with an unforgettable experience that will tie the past, present and future together allowing people to ponder and experience “home” in a unique way.

RSVP by Nov. 11 at spiritandplace.org.

The Things They Brought Home: Military Tattoos
Saturday, November 12, 3—5pm
Indianapolis Art Center
820 E. 67th St.
IndyGo: 17
255-2464 / awalbridge@indplsartcenter.org

Presented by Indianapolis Art Center, Veterans in Industries and Arts, and Indiana Writers Center

This interactive art exhibition explores the veteran experience, tattoos, and the concept of the “body as home” through photography, writing, and panel discussion.

Military personnel put their bodies—the homes of their spirit and self-identity—at risk for others. Their tattoos can be a form of self-expression that allows the world a glimpse into what they cherish most or will never forget.

screen-shot-2016-10-04-at-3-27-01-pmThe Things They Brought Home will amaze visitors with original and striking photographs of tattooed veterans along with their writings or oral histories. The images and stories give visitors a unique look into the experiences of military personnel. The accounts written by veterans and active duty service personnel will encourage visitors to reflect on happy and humorous stories as well as hard and difficult memories.

In addition, interactive experiences, such as a photo booth and a response board, will allow visitors to share their own tattoo stories. Tattoo artists will demonstrate tattoo designs and provide historical and contemporary context on the art of tattooing. Veteran service providers will be on hand to share information and a panel discuss at 3:30pm will feature photographers, veterans, and others speaking about their experiences.

Walk-ins welcome. RSVPs requested at spiritandplace.org.



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