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The Military Children 2024 World Expo Art Contest and Exhibition 

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Concurso de Arte "Los Protipos de Ciudadanos del Futuro" &
Exhibición de arte

Military Child Art

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The Military Children 2024 World Expo extends its heartfelt gratitude to every participant from DoDEA Schools and public schools across the United States and as distant as Ankara, Turkey. While not all submissions could be included in the esteemed top, each entry was a testament to your dedication, and we honor your efforts. Your contributions are seen and appreciated. We commend your leadership, engagement, and skills.

 

As a gesture of our appreciation for your steadfast determination and please keep an eye out for a special gift that’s on its way to you. We express our deepest thanks and want to affirm that “A Heard Child Is A Powerful Child.” Your voices and stories hold immense strength, and we are proud to witness your resilience shine through.

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Pictures say so much more than words, particularly when it comes to complicated emotions. Coping strategies that work well as a mobile child can be counter-productive for a rooted adult. The truth is - not all military children are resilient; some had more to overcome than others. The best way to improve the quality of life for military children is to understand their lives. The best way to understand their lives is to observe their artistic creations and listen to their stories - even when they're hard to hear.

DECLASSIFIED: The Military Children Art Exhibition and Contest gives military brats young and old an opportunity to express their feelings, and in the process, connect with their subculture, families, and communities.

Military Child (Woman) at desk

Exhibition Area 51

En la Exposición 1, niños y adolescentes militares estacionados en todo el mundo desde la década de 1950 hasta el presente expresan sus pensamientos y sentimientos sobre el arte original, nunca antes visto, del “crecimiento militar”. Los medios abarcan toda la gama, desde crayones hasta pasteles y técnicas mixtas.

El Área 1 también cuenta con un auténtico baúl militar lleno de artefactos históricos de “mocosos militares”. Botones, folletos, listas de “mejores prácticas” y otros materiales con información sobre organizaciones de mocosos militares, películas, libros y recursos de “Soy un BRAT” están disponibles para que los visitantes se los lleven a casa. Además, se encuentran disponibles para su uso materiales educativos STEM/STEAM, planes de lecciones e ideas para programas locales que acompañarán la exhibición.

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Exhibition Area 52 - Military Children Speak Out

Exhibition Area 51-2 contains a collection of video clips about military kid life and the profound impact it has on one’s adult life - how it feels to move twelve times before you graduate from high school... watch one or both parents go to war... grow up in a paradox that is idealistic and authoritarian, privileged and painful, supportive and stifling - all at the same time - then struggle to “fit in” to civilian America when you leave that environment. These video clips include excerpts from:

 

BRATS: OUR JOURNEY HOME

The award-winning documentary film about the Military Brat Subculture, narrated by Kris Kristofferson, with the late General Norman Schwarkzkopf, author Mary Edwards Wertsch, and brats of all ages and branches of service. Seen on CNN’s “This Week at War” and NPR’s “All Things Considered.” Winner, Best Documentary, Best First Time Director, G.I. Film Festival’s Founders Choice Award.

Military Child Being Held by Father

Área de exposición 53 - Cuentos de valor

ENTREVISTAS A NIÑOS MILITARES

Cuentos de coraje y Sacrificio

En medio de una crisis sanitaria global internacional, el mundo todavía se está recuperando. Si bien las causas, las batallas y los efectos de la guerra han sido cubiertos por una serie de libros académicos y populares, las historias de sacrificio individual, determinación y valor seguirán inspirándonos en los años venideros.

Contadas en sus propias voces, las historias de (Military Children) de adversidad y perseverancia inimaginables siempre nos recordarán el hecho de que la victoria colectiva se logra mediante el esfuerzo y el sacrificio individuales. Cuentos de valor y resiliencia no solo honran a los héroes militares en servicio activo o veteranos, sino que también incluyen al niño militar, y los inspira a todos a perseverar y triunfar sobre la adversidad.

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Works created by Military Children from all over the world.

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Art Maker: Draw It Out!

This tool will help your family express feelings and thoughts. Check out all the canvasses.


 

Retired Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, former director of the Defense Health Agency, and Elmo welcome you. Here you will find resources for yourself and for the military families you serve.

MIRAR

Las familias de militares pueden pasar por uno o más despliegues durante su carrera. Mire este breve video para conocer las implementaciones antes de discutirlo con las familias a las que presta servicios.

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