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The Military Children 2024 World Expo Art Contest and Exhibition 

The Declassified Show 

"The Protype Citizens of the Future" Art Contest &
Art Exhibition

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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Military Children at art gallery

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.

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Exhibition Area 51

In Exhibition 1, military children and teenagers stationed around the world from the 1950s to the present express their thoughts and feelings about “growing up military” original, never-before-seen art. Mediums run the gamut from crayons to pastels to mixed media.

Area 1 also features an authentic military footlocker filled with historical “military brat” artifacts. “I’m a BRAT” buttons, flyers, lists of “best practices” and other materials with information about military brat organizations, films, books, and resources are available for visitors to take home. In addition, STEM/STEAM educational materials, lesson plans, and ideas for local programs to accompany the exhibit are available for use.

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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:



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.

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Exhibition Area 53 - Tales of Valor


Tales of Courage & Sacrifice

In the midst of an international global health crisis, the world is still recovering. While the causes, battles, and effects of war have been covered by a number of scholarly and popular books, stories of individual sacrifice, determination, and valor will continue to inspire us for years to come. 

Told in their own voices, (Military Children) tales of unimaginable adversity and perseverance, will always remind us of the fact that collective victory is achieved though individual effort and sacrifice.  Tales of valor and resilience does not just honor Military Active Duty or Veterans heroes, it also includes The Military Child, and it inspires all of them to persevere and triumph over adversity. 

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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.


Military families may go through one or more deployments during a career. Watch this short video to learn about deployments before discussing it with the families you serve.

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