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K-State Today

May 18, 2018

Kansas State University selected for veterans arts residency by National Endowment of the Arts

By Art DeGroat

K-State's Office of Military and Veterans Affairs and McCain Auditorium have been selected to participate in an extended university residency with DIAVOLO Architecture in Motion's Veterans Project as part of the National Endowment of the Arts' Creativity Connects grant program.

DIAVOLO, a prominent Los Angeles-based arts organization, has received global acclaim in the performing arts field of dance and movement; and gained recent national attention as a finalist on the television hit show "America's Got Talent."

The organization also provides unique arts-based movement workshops for disabled and transitioning military veterans with the aim of helping them restore their qualities of hope, resilience, optimism and self-belief needed to complete their rehabilitation and reintegration after the military.

Through the residency at Kansas State University, DIAVOLO Architecture in Motion will host these workshops for disabled and transitioning military veterans in the local community and student community. 

Art DeGroat, K-State's executive director of military affairs, has served on the advisory board for this pioneering veterans arts program since its inception. Todd Holmberg, executive director of McCain Auditorium, and Julie Pentz, associate director of dance, also will serve in major leadership roles for this nationally-supported veterans arts project at K-State.

More information about the project and performances will be announced at a later date.