With Arts & Skills Service, Bay Area artist Allison Smith organizes workshops and gatherings examining the intersection of craft and the war effort, reviving a World War II-era collaboration between SFMOMA and the Red Cross. In this latest installment of her ongoing project, Smith partners with the San Francisco-based veterans' advocates Swords to Plowshares and joins their three-day arts festival, SHOUT! Celebrating Women Veterans Through the Arts.
SHOUT! kicks off this evening with a special screening of the documentary My Mom's a Soldier. The film aired on PBS as part of In Their Boots, a documentary series tracking the impact of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan on people in the home front. Director Sandra Keats profiles three women (two of whom are sisters) as they prepare their families for their upcoming deployments. The director and the series producer, Jim Miller of Brave New Foundation, will introduce the film and the PBS series and will join Smigiel in conversation after the screening.
Visit the SHOUT! website for a complete list of events, artists, and partnering institutions.