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NVAM Out Loud!

NVAM Out Loud! Teen Centered Connected Learning

The National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM) and partners, including Hive member YOUmedia and YouthMuse, will continue and expand on-going programming:

  • The Things They Carried Interactive, a youth-facing and youth-generated website that creates learning pathways among the museum.
  • Curriculum focused on civic responsibility, art and history
  • A Teen Council of five to ten teens that commit to participating in weekly drop-in programming
  • Forums designed for youth commentary and feedback, including the brand-new NVAM Out Loud!
  • A showcase of art, literature and multimedia projects produced through partners,curated by the Teen Council and promoted by youth via social media and the NVAM Out Loud! website.

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NVAM Out Loud!

NVAM Out Loud! ( is an interactive, youth-generated website featuring artwork and resources for youth and educators. NVAM Out Loud! facilitates discussions around the museum’s current exhibitions while building intergenerational connections between the voices of veterans, youth and the community. The audience is students and educators from school districts nationwide whose required reading includes Tim O’Brien’s book of the same name as well as Chicago-area youth participants who will be expanding NVAM Out Loud! or participating in the Chicago Cityof Learning.

NVAM Out Loud! is an online forum for youth voices, art and connections showcased in a space that allows for peer feedback, education collaborations and intergenerational learning experiences between youth and veterans. The NVAM TeenCouncil will allow teens interested in art, storytelling and digital media the opportunity towork in a museum environment. Teen participants will spend ten weeks making art,expanding a new teen-focused blog and working one-on-one with veteran artists and museum professionals in weekly drop-in sessions at the NVAM, at YOUmedia and withYouthMuse. Teens express themselves creatively and connect their own life stories to the artwork in our permanent collection while building dialogue with other artists and peers. Visitors to the showcase can give feedback to programming via online forums,including commenting on artwork and posting multimedia responses. 

Working in the Open

Check out some of our Working in the Open items below including our Gallery and Call and Response section.

Lead Organization:
National Veterans Art Museum

Partner Organizations:

Project Goal:
NVAM Out Loud!: Teen-Centered Connected Learning aims to increase outreach to other youth organizations, schools, network institutions and area arts and cultural organizations and to establish a quality versus quantity feedback system for youth-generated resources aimed at peers as well as educators and the museum itself.

Project Tags:
2014 Round 2 RFP

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