Museum of Flight Veterans Day Celebration Shares the Healing Power of the Arts

Jeffrey Stenbom woven sculpture, Freedom's Threads, on exhibit in The Museum of Flight World War II gallery. Ted Huetter, The Museum of Flight.


The Museum of Flight celebrates Nov. 11 Veterans Day with programs honoring those who have served in the United States Armed Forces, past and present. The celebration will focus on veteran artists and the healing power of the arts. Events begin at 11 a.m. with live patriotic music by the Boeing Employees Concert Band, followed at noon by a ceremony with keynote speaker Jeffrey Stenbom, an artist and U.S. Army veteran of the Iraq War. Stenbom will further engage Museum visitors during a dialogue about his military experience and his art at 2 p.m.

Museum visitors are also invited to a writing workshop from 1-3 p.m. conducted by the African American Writers Alliance. The workshop called A Place of Landing, honors ancestors and veterans. The Veterans Day Celebration is also part of the Museum’s six-month Art+Flight project (6/23-1/24). Museum admission will be free for all veterans and active-duty military (Free admission can only be redeemed on-site, and is not applicable to online sales. Active Duty must present valid I.D.).


11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Musical Performance by the Boeing Employees Concert Band


12 – 1 p.m. Veterans Day Ceremony

    • Master of Ceremonies – The Museum of Flight President/CEO Matt Hayes
    • Remarks by City of Tukwila Mayor Alan Eckberg
    • Reading by Joseph Gaylloyd Sisson of the African American Writers Alliance
    • Shared remarks by Washington State Department of Veterans CFO Terry Westhoff,
    • and State Homes Operations Director Dan Murray
    • Video of the Spokane Veterans Home resident art class
    • Keynote Speaker Jeffrey Stenbom

1-3 p.m. African American Writers Alliance Writing Workshop
The African American Writers Alliance will host a drop-in creative writing workshop. The focus will be on honoring our ancestors and veterans, the topic is “A Place of Landing.” The workshop will be a combination of interactive conversation, writing prompts, and spoken word performance. AAWA will use the science of Applied Therapeutic Arts to support deep literacy, elegantly revealing math and words as the architecture of the invisible, building blocks of the intangible, and the originating structure of all things.

2-3 p.m. Artist Talk with Jeffrey Stenbom
Stenbom will share stories about his military experience, his art, and the creation of his woven sculpture, Freedom’s Threads, now on display in the World War II Gallery as part of the Museum’s temporary Art+Flight exhibition.

Art+Flight is a museum-wide, community-focused celebration connecting the region’s vibrant arts scene with its rich aerospace history. Art+Flight offers three dedicated galleries exhibiting sculptures, paintings, photographs and new media installations. Additionally, murals and sculptures have been added throughout the Museum’s campus. The project’s exhibitions and community events mean to realize our feelings, enhance our perceptions, and remind us of the awe and joy of flight through the materiality of art.


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