Cameron University selected to host national Military Experience & the Arts Symposium

Cameron University has been selected to host the second national Military Experience & the Arts Symposium (MEA2), which offers access to creative healing resources from artists, authors, clinicians and veterans advocates. MEA2 will take place from May 14-17, 2015, and will feature daily workshops and classes in the creative, healing arts; free writing and art supplies; nightly events; performances; speakers; accommodations for individuals with disabilities; representation from veteran service organizations and more. Registration is open to the public at $20 per person. Participation by veterans, military personnel and their families is encouraged. For more information and to register, go to http://militaryexperience.org/mea-2-may-14-17-2015.

Event sponsors on campus are Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society, and Student Veterans of America.

MEA2 is also seeking workshop leaders and volunteers. Artists, authors, educators, clinicians, veteran service officers and advocates are encouraged to consider leading a workshop. Previous workshop topics focused on various aspects of writing, PTSD, yoga, photography, art, self-defense, songwriting, storytelling, and public presentation, to name a few. Volunteers are needed to assist with local transportation, event preparation, assisting with registration, manning various creative stations for art and writing, and more.

MEA2 is sponsored by Military Experience and the Arts (MEA), a 501(c)(3) non-profit, volunteer-run organization whose primary mission is to work with veterans and their families to publish creative prose, poetry, artwork, and scholarship. Volunteer staff members include college professors, professional authors, veterans’ advocates and clinicians, who provide editing services, consultation and online writing workshops at no charge.

The first MEA symposium took place in 2012, serving more than 130 veterans and veteran family members.

For more information, contact Jason Poudrier at jpoudrie@cameron.edu or 580-581-5903.

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September 25, 2014

PR#14-147