Veterans and the Arts Initiative Includes Collaboration with Prince William Public Libraries

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Provided by Hylton Performing Arts Center

Based at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on George Mason University’s Science and Technology Campus in Manassas, the Veterans and the Arts Initiative has served more than 10,000 military-connected people through in-person and online workshops and special events since 2014. This fall, the Initiative expands its reach in collaboration with Prince William Public Libraries (PWPL), offering new workshops at Central Library, Haymarket Gainesville Library, and Potomac Library, in addition to a lineup of activities online and in-person at the Hylton Center. All workshops continue to be open and free to Veterans, Servicemembers, military family members, and military caregivers. Registration details at

“During the past couple of years of the pandemic, the Veterans and the Arts Initiative quickly responded to major events that our military-connected community members have experienced by creating new and modified arts programming,” said Niyati Dhokai, Program Director for the Veterans and the Arts Initiative. “As a result, the program has welcomed many new community members from across the region and throughout the country to our workshops—to make music, write songs, create art, and enjoy a sense of community in virtual, hybrid, and in-person settings.

“Our popular community-based guitar workshop series will return in a virtual setting, so we can continue to welcome those who have moved to new locations across the country and throughout the world—as well as our local friends. In addition to our exciting new visual arts workshops at the Hylton Center, we look forward to making creative access even easier for our military-connected community through our new collaboration with Prince William Public Libraries—bringing our workshops directly to area libraries this fall!”

Kristen Burnham, PWPL Office of Programming and Events Coordinator, says, “Prince William Public Libraries is always looking for new ways to provide excellent programming and services to our community, and this new collaboration with George Mason University’s Veterans and the Arts Initiative will enable us to do that for members of the military.”In addition to the fall workshops, the Hylton Center’s 2022 Veterans Day Concert showcases the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra in a Salute to the Military on Nov. 12 at 8:00 p.m., featuring jazz from the eras of World War I and World War II. The concert is sponsored by the Veterans and the Arts,Initiative, providing free tickets for Veterans and Servicemembers.For more information on the Veterans and the Arts Initiative, including ongoing outreach, research, statistics, team members, and prior work with the Creative Forces®: NEA Military Healing Arts Network, visit the Veterans and the Arts Initiative’s webpage.



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