Through the Lens of a Military Child
New outreach program targets military youth for artistic expression
Bank of the Arts
317 Middle St,
New Bern NC 28560
Craven Arts Council and Craven County Public Schools are proud to announce the opening of the “Through the Lens of a Military Child” exhibit at the Craven County Bank of the Arts. Military-connected students at Havelock High School and Arthur W. Edwards Elementary School had the opportunity to work with an author and a photographer to create unique pieces depicting life as a military child in their own images and words, which culminates with this exhibit at Bank of the Arts. The exhibition was slated to be the focal point of the April Month of the Military Child celebration in the community, but was postponed due to the Covid-19 restrictions.
Military families can move (or change duty station) every 18 months to three years. These regular moves translate into 6 to 9 school transitions for military-connected students over their K-12 school years. The ability of military families to adapt to these regular moves is improved when they feel connected to the community surrounding the installation. In addition to offering local military-connected students an outlet for creative expression, the resulting month-long gallery exhibit was designed to give families the opportunity to become more acquainted with downtown New Bern and the local community.
Photographer Pat Keough worked with students on producing the photographs and images that were combined with narrative created under the instruction of author Devyn Dawson to present a unique view of military family life through the eyes of military children. Pat Keough is a former U.S. Army military photojournalist who has taught a variety of photography and art courses for multiple North Carolina community colleges and the Society for Photographic Education. His work has been exhibited and won awards across the United States and Europe. Devyn Dawson is nationally known young adult fiction writer with more than fifteen published novels, including the
The Light Tamer
The Legacy of Kilkenny
The exhibit opens this weekend and will be on display at the Bank of the Arts through June 30. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am-5 pm and also from 5 pm – 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays in support of the downtown New Bern outdoor dining experience. Student-artists, family members, and the community are encouraged to attend to show their support and appreciation for our military children. Month of the Military Child was established by Casper Weinberger, Secretary of Defense in 1986 and is typically celebrated in April.
This project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources (www.NCArts.org), with matching funds from Craven Arts Council and Gallery, a Designated County Partner of the N.C. Arts Council.