In this excerpt from the podcast, Jost discusses one of the programs that the museum designed for service members. [1:30]
Stephen Jost: The program I think that we're most proud of actually is something that we do, which is called "Warriors in Transition." We partner with Tripler, which is the major Army hospital here. And we invite 200 men and women who are in treatment for PTSD, and they come to the museum before hours. And then we do kind of a program where there's professional staff from the hospital, plus our staff. And a lot of it is about using art to help process experiences that have been difficult, if not brutal. And it's kind of a safe space. We tend to do it before museum hours open. And then, we also -- so that's kind of a “see art” component, we call it. So if you're looking at art, we call it “see art.” And then, they often go across the street and have a “make art” component where there is a hands-on, you know, making clay or painting or something. And so for somebody who's in treatment for PTSD, the chance to kind of engage and have a conversation about a work of art with people who've had the similar experience and medical staff. And then, kind of go and make art. It's a good one, too. Because somebody might be quite articulate in a work of art, but not be so great at expressing themselves through making a material object. Or vice versa: somebody can be totally silent during the looking at art part, but actually be really great at painting or really find ceramics peaceful. Actually, they often find it very relaxing and a way they can focus. So it's a great program. And I think a couple of other museums are starting to do it. But we're at over 200 people coming through a year on that.