The first contemporary art exhibition
exploring the American Military B.R.A.T.,
an invisible subculture
Presented by Brats Without Borders and the Military Kid Art Project
Made Possible by:
American Overseas Schools Historical Society
Museum of the American Military Family
Fisher House Foundation
BWB Executive Director Donna Musil receives Newman's Own Award from Newman's Own President and COO Tom Indoe while General Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (L), Fisher House Foundation Trustee Mrs. Mary Jo Myers, and Military Times Editor-in-Chief Tobias Naegele look on.
The Newman's Own Award
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UNCLASSIFIED: The Military Kid Art Show
Military “Brats” – or children who grew up in military families – are one of the oldest, but least
known subcultures in America. It’s not a pejorative term; it’s an historic, time-honored reference
based on the acronym, “British Regiment Attached
Traveler,” which most wear with honor. There
are 2 million children whose parents are currently serving in the United States military, plus an
estimated 15 million adult brats. They’re every age, race, religion, and socioeconomic class. They
are the invisible Americans.
“UNCLASSIFIED: The Military Kid Art Show” is the first traveling museum exhibit
exploring the life of a military child through art. Contemporary and cutting-edge, it's mission is to
educate and raise awareness of the Military Kid subculture and it's life-long impact on an individual.
We also hope the exhibit will stimulate discussion panels, arts classes, and other programs which honor
the service and sacrifice of military children, past and present, and engender compassion and
understanding between military and civilian communities.
Pictures say so much more than words, particularly when it comes to complicated emotions. Coping strategies
that work well as a mobile child can be counter-productive as a rooted adult. The truth is - not all military
children are resilient; some had more to overcome than others. The best way to improve the quality of life for
military children is to understand their lives. The best way to understand their lives is to observe their
artistic creations and listen to their stories - even when they're hard to hear.
“UNCLASSIFIED: The Military Kid Art Show” gives military "brats" young and old an opportunity to express their
feelings, and in the process, connect with their subculture, families, and communities.
For more information about “UNCLASSIFIED: The Military Kid Art Show” or to inquire about bookings, please
contact Brats Without Borders at info@USAbrat.org.
Gallery 1: Military Kid History
Gallery 2: Military Kids Reflect & Connect
Gallery 3: Military Kids Shine
Gallery 4: Military Kids Speak Out
Gallery 5: A Family Heals
Because “kids serve, too” is not just a slogan...
“UNCLASSIFIED: The Military Kid Art Show” officially launched in 2013 and will
continue as long as the public demands. To learn more about "UNCLASSIFIED" or to lease the exhibition, please contact Brats Without
Borders at info@USAbrat.org or call +1.855.USA.brat (872.2728).
||Colorado State University,
Fort Collins, CO (tentative dates)
||Lake Placid Center for the Arts,
Lake Placid, NY (free admission)
||Old Dominion University,
Norfolk, VA (free admission)
||U.S. Space & Rocket Center,
||Hampden Sydney College, Hampden-Sydney, VA (free admission)
The Newman's Own Award
In 1982, Paul Newman founded a company with a revolutionary social goal: to give away 100% of after-tax profits
from the sale of its products to educational and charitable organizations. The company that grew out of this
venture, Newman's Own, Inc., has now given over $300 million to thousands of charities. In 2012,
“UNCLASSIFIED: The Military Kid Art Show” was the proud recipient of one of six Newman's Own Awards given to
community organizations that break the mold and create innovative programs that improve the quality of
life for military families, past and present.
The annual Newman's Own Awards program celebrates the original thinking and work ethic that made Paul's idea
flourish. Tom Indoe, President and Chief Operating Officer of Newman’s Own, presented the award at the Pentagon
to Lora Beldon, President of the Military Kid
Art Project, and Donna
Musil, Executive Director of
Brats Without Borders. Joining Indoe were General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs
of Staff; Ken Fisher, Chairman and CEO of Fisher House Foundation; and Tobias Naegele, Editor in Chief at Military
Times (Gannett Government Media Corporation).
“We have all been collaborating since 1999 with a primary mission, recognize these incredibly innovative and
selfless ideas that help improve the quality of life for the military community and help make dreams possible.
Newman’s Own is proud to be part of this worthwhile endeavor,” said Indoe.
Military Kid Art Project Founder Lora Beldon and BWB Founder Donna Musil with Montel
A total of 164 entries were received for the 2012 program. Six judges evaluated each entry based on the
organization’s impact to their respective communities, creativity and innovation. Judges for the 2012 competition
- Mrs. Deanie Dempsey, Spouse of General Martin E. Dempsey, USA
- Mrs. Mary Winnefeld, Spouse of Admiral James A. Winnefeld, Jr., USN
- Mrs. Mary Jo Myers, Trustee, Fisher House Foundation
- Mrs. Tammy Fisher, Trustee, Fisher House Foundation
- Mr. Bill Lee, Assistant to the President, Newman’s Own
- Mr. Mark Tilley, Director, Sales, Newman’s Own
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official press release. Click here to find out more about the Newman's Own
Awards. For more information about “UNCLASSIFIED: The Military Kid Art Show” or to inquire
about bookings, please contact Brats Without Borders at
“UNCLASSIFIED: The Military Kid Art Show” would not be possible without the following wonderful people
and organizations! Thank you.
How You Can Donate
Your gift to "UNCLASSIFIED: The Military Kid Art Show" is greatly appreciated, and helps underwrite the creation
and management of the show. It also helps keep costs down for smaller venues in areas that serve a lot of military
families. Thank you for your generosity!
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To learn more about "UNCLASSIFIED" or to lease the exhibition, please contact:
Brats Without Borders
P.O. Box 9186
Denver, CO 80209