PEM Partnership with Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program
Inspired by artist and Vietnam War veteran T.C. Cannon and themes in the exhibition T.C. Cannon: At the Edge of America, the Peabody Essex Museum is partnering with Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program to show our gratitude to U.S. service members and veterans.
The invisible wounds of war have impacted countless veterans and their families, and Home Base provides U.S. veterans with world-class clinical care, wellness, education, and art therapy for post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, and other issues associated with service. They also offer clinical and counseling services to family members and loved ones.
On Saturday, April 21, more than 100 military family members will join us at the museum for tours and art making as part of the Home Base Adventure Series. The visit will provide an opportunity for veteran families to spend quality time together and offers a unique way to say “thank you for your service.” If you or a family member are a veteran and are interested in participating in the Adventure Series, please register below.
We will be collecting letters, poems, and drawings to send to veterans in treatment at the Home Base two-week intensive clinical program and at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. We invite you to extend your thanks to our U.S. service members by participating in our letter writing program.
Look for our "pop-up" letter writing station in the Atrium on March 1, 2 and 3, April school vacation week April 17-19, and Salem Poetry Festival weekend May 5 and 6.
The founding of Home Base:
In 2004 and 2007, following their historic World Series wins, Red Sox owners, management and players, along with representatives of Massachusetts General Hospital visited Walter Reed Medical Center and met hospitalized Veterans of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Red Sox organization was deeply moved by the visit, and sought to make a deeper, sustained commitment to serve our returning Veterans and their Families. With guidance from their colleagues at Massachusetts General Hospital, the Department of Defense, the US Department of Veterans Affairs, Senator Edward M. Kennedy and others, the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program was created. To learn more about Home Base, visit http://homebase.org.
The PEM partnership program is a mission-driven initiative to create transformative impact beyond the walls of the museum. Inspired by themes in our exhibitions, these projects enable us to engage our constituents in dialogue about meaningful and current real-world issues. This initiative is collaborative by nature and pulls together professional and personal expertise from across the museum. For each project, we reach out to local organizations and work with them to identify an area where we can help provide support or solutions by tapping into our creative resources and networks, and building a bridge between our community and theirs.
Home Base, The Nancy B. Tieken Memorial Fund, and the supporters of the Present Tense Initiative provided generous support for this PEM partnership.