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Veterans Day Program

November 11 2011
Veterans Day Program

Working in partnership with Stivers School for the Arts, the museum will offer a special program for veterans on Veterans Day, Friday, November 11. From 5:00 - 8:00 p.m., all veterans and one guest will receive free admission to the special exhibition American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell.

The program focuses on Norman Rockwell’s iconic works, the Four Freedoms, on view in American Chronicles. These four works reflect Rockwell’s interpretation of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s speech to congress in January 1941, in which he articulated his vision for a postwar world founded on four basic human freedoms: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want and freedom from fear. This year marks the 70th anniversary of this speech.

Under the direction of Stivers history teacher Bridget Federspiel, 140 9th and 10th grade students from Stivers interviewed 30 World War II veterans. The video interviews will be edited into 30 to 60 second clips and interwoven with music, the original FDR speech and students’ reactions and reflections. As part of the Veterans Day Program, the finished piece will be presented in the museum’s NCR Renaissance Auditorium at 5:00 p.m., and all World War II veterans will be honored at that time.

The Dayton Art Institute will also offer a museum membership discount to both veterans and active-duty military on November 11. Veterans and active-duty military will receive $10 off any new membership, or the renewal of a current membership expiring before December 31, 2011, if purchased in person at the museum on November 11. Museum members receive free admission to special exhibitions, Vectren Just Jazz performances, and many other special events and programs at the museum, as well as discounts at The Museum Store and the museum’s Café.

Schedule of Events:

Program for World War II veterans, screening of Stivers student video
NCR Renaissance Auditorium, 5:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Refreshments for veterans
Great Hall, 5:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Free admission to American Chronicles
Special Exhibition Galleries, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
All veterans and one guest, along with the Stivers students and their families, receive free admission to the special exhibition during the program.

Images (from top):
Thanksgiving: Mother and Son Peeling Potatoes (Detail), Norman Rockwell, 1945. Cover illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, November 24, 1945. ©1945 SEPS: Curtis Publishing, Indianapolis, IN
Freedom from Want (Detail), Norman Rockwell, 1943, War bond poster. Story illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, March 6, 1943, ©1943 SEPS: Licensed by Curtis Publishing, Indianapolis, IN

WEDNESDAY 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
THURSDAY 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
FRIDAY 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
SATURDAY 11 a.m. - 5 p.m
SUNDAY Noon - 5 p.m.
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