Women Veteran Art Exhibit Displayed At Schuster Center Next Month

Women Veteran Art Exhibit Displayed At Schuster Center Next MonthVictoria Theatre Association and the Greater Miami Valley myVeteran Community announce the opening of the Women Veterans Art Exhibit on Monday, Oct. 1, in the Orchestra Lobby of the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center. The exhibit is free, open to the public and runs until Wednesday, Oct. 17. The public may view the display Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday, 12-4 p.m. unless the building is closed for a private event. Call (937) 228-7591 to confirm hours.

"Veterans are a crucial part of the makeup of the Miami Valley," says Colonel (retired) Dr. Cassie Barrow, Chair of the Greater Miami Valley myVeteran Community. "2017 marked the 100th anniversary of women officially entering the regular U.S. military with full military rank and equal pay. To celebrate this milestone our myVeteran Community, along with Victoria Theatre Association and the Department of Veteran's Affairs, have come together to present the Women's Veterans Art Exhibit in the Orchestra Lobby of the Schuster Center. We hope that Dayton and its surrounding communities visit this exhibit will provide insight into the many experiences of our women veterans."

The Department of Veteran Affairs', Women Veterans Art Exhibit, showcases eleven art pieces of ten women Veterans featuring images of their artwork, photos of the artists and brief biographies. The ten women Veteran artists selected to display their work and autobiographical storyboard in the exhibit are: Victoria R. Bryers (United States Coast Guard); Pamela Corwin, (United States Army); Amy Forsythe, (United States Marine Corps); Natalie Lopez, (United States Air Force); Cara Myhre, (United States Army); Debra Russell, (United States Navy); Deveon Sudduth, (United States Army); Laura Taylor, (United States Navy); Stacey Thompson, (United States Marine Corps); and, Lindsay Zike, (United States Navy).

The Women Veterans Art Exhibit is free and open to the public beginning Monday, Oct. 1 through Wednesday, Oct. 17, in the Orchestra Lobby of the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center. Building hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday, 12-4 p.m. unless the building is closed for a private event. Call (937) 228-7591 to confirm hours.

The Women's Veterans Art Exhibit initiative is made possible with the support from partners First Data and VA's Veterans Canteen Service. For more information about this initiative, visit https://www1.va.gov/womenvet/acwv/artExhibit2017.asp.

About the Greater Miami Valley myVeteran Community

In 2015, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs approached the Dayton VA Medical Center Director and asked the Greater Miami Valley region to be one of the first 50 regions in the country to establish a myVeteran Community. Currently, the Greater Miami Valley myVeteran Community is made up of approximately 100 non-profits, for-profits, and State and Federal government agencies all working together to improve services for Veterans. From this initiative came many programs which focused on our veterans such as the 3rd Annual Vets Moving Forward Resources and Job Fair. The Greater Miami Valley myVeteran Community is preparing to be the first in the country to launch VetsLink 24/7 call-in line as well as the initiation of the Alzheimer's Military Task Force, which connects active military and veterans with the resources surrounding Alzheimer's and dementia development.

For more information regarding the Greater Miami Valle myVeteran Community, contact Dr. Cassie Barlow, Chair, Greater Miami Valley MyVeteran Community, (937) 429-7804 or cassie.barlow@wright.edu.

For more information about Victoria Theatre Association's 2018-2019 season, visit victoriatheatre.com.

Victoria Theatre Association is one of Dayton's premier arts organizations, presenting the Premier Health Broadway Series, the Morris Furniture Company Family Series, the Cool Films Series, Projects Unlimited Star Attractions, National Geographic Live Series, sponsored by Subaru of American and Wagner Subaru and The Discovery Series, which features curriculum-enhanced live theatre productions for school children. In addition to the performances it presents, Victoria Theatre Association also manages the historic Victoria Theatre, the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center, and the Metropolitan Arts Center, which houses The Loft Theatre. Victoria Theatre Association receives funding from a variety of diverse public, corporate, individual and private sources, including the Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District and the Ohio Arts Council. The Ohio Arts Council and The National Endowment for the Arts helped fund this program or organization with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

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