Arts & Community: Arts and the Military

Friday, June 16, 5:15 pm - 6:00 pm

How can you help connect the arts to veteran and military facilities in your community--get the resources and get started!

This session addresses issues of accessibility, advocacy, community development, equity/diversity/inclusion, engagement, and public value.

This session is part of the Inspiring Activation sessions.


Susan Saloom
Military and Veterans Arts Initiative Field Specialist
National Initiative for Arts & Health in the Military/Americans for the Arts
Washington, District of Columbia

Susan M. Saloom joined the National Initiative for Arts & Health in the Military as an AmeriCorps VISTA member in 2014.  She is currently a Military & Veterans Arts Initiative Specialist serving as a consultant, assisting in outreach and advocacy through communications, resource, and social media.  She assists the art, military, and medical sectors, organizations, individuals, and communities involved in advancing the arts for the health and well-being of our active duty service members, Veterans, their families, and caregivers across the military continuum.  Saloom is a former Art Teacher, a “Memories in the Making” facilitator for the Alzheimer’s Association, and serves on the Board of Arts For Health Florida.

Meg Shiffler
Galleries Director
San Francisco Arts Commission
San Francisco, California

In 2005, Meg Shiffler assumed the role of Galleries Director for the San Francisco Arts Commission. Each year the SFAC Galleries program produces nine exhibitions in three Civic Center locations, runs a residency program, partners with dozens of community organizations and businesses, and exhibits the work of more than 200 artists.  Prior to her work with the SFAC she consulted with the New Museum, NY; worked for Andrea Rosen Gallery, NY; and was the co-founder and gallery director for Consolidated Works, Seattle. Shiffler has also taught in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at the San Francisco Art Institute, and was a contributing writer for SFMOMA’s Open Space blog.