Veteran and Civilian public Programming

Aquila is known for its innovative public humanities programming, beginning with its Page and Stage Program ( in 2009, which then developed into the National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman's Special Award winning program, Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives (AGML) ( These national public programs placed live theatrical events, reading groups and lectures in often underserved cultural institutions, with a special emphasis on the veteran community and their families. The You/Stories program, which ran through the fall of 2015, built on the work of AGML while incorporating a mobile application (  The app anchors the in-person and online programmatic element and encourages people to engage with program content and create and submit their own stories. The premier of Aquila's A Female Philoctetes, presented at New York City's Brooklyn Academy of Music Fisher's Hillman Studio in April of 2014, was part of the You/Stories program and was featured on NPR's "All Things Considered" ( National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman, William "Bro" Adams, can be heard discussing Aquila's work in his interview on "The Diane Rehm Show" ( Warrior Chorus, Aquila's newly announced program received a generous $350,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and provides a new model for veteran engagement in public programming.  Warrior Chorus is currently training 100 veterans in three regional centers to present scholar-led public programming based on classical literature. Programming performed by veterans focusses on critical social issues including war, conflict, comradeship, home and family and includes veteran-led readings, discussions and the innovative use of New Media. Events will occur at 15 locations and will run through April of 2017.