Students Depict Military Service "Through Their Eyes"

December 11, 2014

“The veterans in this room—and around the world—have contributed a great deal to this country, and it is a privilege to be here to learn more about their service,” said Elliott School Associate Dean Douglas Shaw in his keynote remarks at Through Their Eyes, a unique event that featured veterans’ stories of military service rendered into artwork by area high school students.

The Through Their Eyes project, launched last Fall, paired members of the GW veteran community with DC, Maryland, and Virginia high school art students. Veterans shared stories from their military experience with the students, who then interpreted the stories through artwork. The project, which featured stories from every war since World War II, enabled students to honor the veterans’ service.

The students’ art projects were revealed at the November 7 event, which was sponsored by the GW Office of Military and Veteran Student Services, Operation GW Valor, and GW’s Institute for Middle East Studies (IMES). IMES provided financial support for the program through a Title VI grant from the Department of Education, which aims to support education and veteran outreach.

In a recent interview with GW Today, Alexandra Perrotti, education and outreach coordinator at IMES, discussed the project’s mission.

“This is a really exciting event for the Institute for Middle East Studies. As a Title VI National Resource Center, our priority outreach groups include K-12 students and educators and veterans. This event is a unique opportunity to bring those two groups together in a way that reaches a lot of different audiences, through the art, through these stories and then through this public event. It’s one of our favorites.”