Congratulations to our Women Veterans Art Exhibit artists.

Click to see the Exhibit NOW!

VAP has partnered with the VA’s Center for Women Veterans to bring an amazing art exhibit to 10 VA Medical Centers in March to help celebrate Women’s History Month.  Out of nearly 400 submissions of amazing art, the field was narrowed down to 10 artists for the exhibit and 10 honorable mentions.

Our artists in the exhibit are:

The exhibits will be displayed at Beckley VA Medical Center, Beckley, West Virginia; W. G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center, Salisbury, North Carolina; Atlanta VA Medical Center, Atlanta, Georgia; James H. Quillen VA Medical Center, Mountain Home, Tennessee; VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System, in Topeka and Leavenworth, Kansas; Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois; Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System in New Orleans, Louisiana; Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston, Texas; Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center, Spokane, Washington; and VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System, Las Vegas, Nevada.

There will be events at many of the locations to further showcase the art.

We would like to thank our partners First Data and the Veterans Canteen Service for making it possible to bring this exhibit to the 10 VA Medical Centers around the country.

Another article will follow shortly showcasing the Honorable Mentions.

Sample Storyboard from VAP 2014 All-Veteran Pentagon Art Exhibit

Call for Artwork by Women Veterans

Project Summary

VAP is honored to partner with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Center for Women
Veterans (CWV) to lead the call for artwork created by women veterans for display at 10 VA medical
centers around the United States. The call for artwork will begin in December 2016 and the project will
launch in March 2017 to coincide with Women’s History Month as well as the 100-year anniversary of
women being allowed to enlist in the US military with military rank and pay. VAP will lead a coalition of
arts organization who focuses on fostering, encouraging and promoting veteran artists as they continue
their journey in the arts.

The Artwork

The call for art will result in the selection of 10 women veteran artists whose digital still prints and
storyboards will be exhibited together at 10 VA medical campuses across the country. Alongside prints of
paintings, photography, and mixed media will be headshots of the veterans and a short bio of their military
and creative journey. The images on the storyboard may show the women veteran in uniform, conducting
a mission or serving, as well an “after’ photo of how she is engaging in her community presently. We
believe this is a powerful narrative that shows women veterans as not only a key part of our military but
as active participants in our communities across America.

Sample Storyboard from VAP 2014 All-Veteran Pentagon Art Exhibit
Sample Storyboard from VAP 2014 All-Veteran Pentagon Art Exhibit

Project Timeline and Deliverables

  • December 31st, 2016 – Deadline to submit artwork to VAP
    • Submit the following items via email to
    • Include a high resolution, digital image of the artwork
    • Include a 100 word bio, including military experience, creative background and current professional goals
    • Include a picture of your time in the military. A tradition military headshot will work but an action photo is preferable
    • Include a current “after” photo, representing who you are now as a veteran
    • As depicted above, each item above will be included on a “storyboard” as a unique depiction of your military and creative journey
  • January 15th, 2017– Announcement of selected artwork
  • February 2017 – Production and Promotion
    • Creation of storyboards and the planning of exhibits and artist talkbacks
    • Artist promotion and media coverage of project
  • March 2017 – Installation of artwork at medical centers and conduct artist talkback

The Home Show at Lincoln Center

Thanks to everyone who came to The Home Show or watched the stream online! Lincoln Center should be putting some of its live stream content online in the next couple of weeks – so be sure to check back!

For the digital program featuring artist bios, click here.

VAP is thrilled to present our 2015 NYC Veterans Day Showcase on November 12th at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, in partnership with Lincoln Center and Wild Turkey Bourbon. The evening is presented as part of Lincoln Center’s Veterans Initiative.

The Home Show will feature an all-star line-up of professional veteran artists in music, theater, film, dance, poetry and prose. The evening will be hosted by James P. Connolly (Comedy Central, HBO, XM Radio, VH1) with an all-veteran house rock band led by Tom Mooney (Emmy Award-winning commercial producer, lead singer for The NYC August Rock Band).

Wild Turkey Bourbon will be releasing its new military label in partnership with VAP, featuring artwork commissioned from Air Force veteran Shawn Ganther. Ganther’s artwork will be on display and we will be pouring drinks featuring a variety of Wild Turkey bourbons.

Featured acts include:

“Dijla Wal Furat” by Maurice Decaul

“Hometown Heroes” by Elliot Ackerman

“Cry Havoc” by Stephan Wolfert

Radiohead’s “Idioteque” covered by Brandon Caro
Accompaniment by Chris AhKao

“Heart of the Enemy” by Jenny Pacanowski
Cello accompaniment by Michael Bacon

“LP/OP” by TJ Brady

“Babylon” from War Porn: A Novel by Roy Scranton

“The Green, Green Grass” and “Your Soldier Over Here” performed by Sandra W. Lee
from Deployed, written and accompanied by Natalie Lovejoy

“Westhusing in the House of Atreus” by John Michael Meyer

“life keeps getting better” by Everett Cox

“Vetted” by Paul D. Mooney

“Conflict(ed)” performed by the Exit12 Dance Company
Choreographed by Roman Baca

November 12, 2015. 7:30PM
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center
On Broadway between 62nd and 63rd
Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Line-up subject to change.

Click here to download the press release (PDF).

All Veteran Artist Celebration in New Haven

Produced by The Veteran Artist Program in CT

Sunday, November 15th, 2015 at 5PM

The Main Stage Theater
177 College Street
New Haven, CT


Phil Klay, author of ‘Redeployment’

Exit 12 Dance Company with Roman Baca

Veteran Home Front Theater Presents Peter Falcione’s ‘Confessions of a War Dog’

Special Guest Hosts
Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz of the Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club

Tickets for this exciting event are only available by phone at (203) 562-5666 through the Shubert Theater Box Office. Your tickets will be mailed directly to you or you can pick them up at the Box Office, 247 College Street, New Haven. On the day of the show they will be at The Main Stage Theater, 177 College Street, New Haven.

Student and veteran tickets are $10 each, all others $20.


Submit to #veteranartistwednesday

Our job here at VAP is to support any and all Veteran Artists from New York City to San Francisco. That is why starting next week we will be launching a new initiative called ‪#‎veteranartistwednesday‬. Every wednesday we will be posting work from different veteran artists on our facebook page. All artists will need to submit to be a part of #veteranartistwednesday.

Here’s how it works:
All veteran artists from all artistic disciplines can apply. Whether you are a painter or a singer we want to see what kind of work you are creating.
In your submission please provide your name, your relation to the military, a short 30 word bio, a headshot (does not need to be professionally done), and a few samples of your work.

Once you apply your submission will be reviewed and you will be notified if you have been selected to be featured on #veteranartistwednesday.

We want #veteranartistwednesday to be a showcasing opportunity for veterans and veteran families from across the country so please share this post and help get the word out.

If you have any questions feel free to comment.

Thank you very much and we look forward to getting your submissions!

VAP Team

Telling: Baltimore Returns Dec 5-7!

Veteran Artist Program (VAP) presents

Telling: Baltimore 2014 
in partnership with Johns Hopkins University

December 5-7
Location: The Head Theater at Center Stage
700 North Calvert Street, Baltimore MD 21202
Time: 8:00 PM
Click here for tickets!

This is the 2nd production of Telling that VAP has produced in Baltimore and includes 10 veterans and family members.

Compiled by Max Rayneard
Directed by Alonzo Lamont
Produced by BR McDonald
Featuring Leanne Bledsoe, Susie Cooper, Aisha Dacosta, Karin Rodney-Haapala, Nick Lutwyche, Tracy Miller, Jeremy Paris, Jim Perry and Maureen Stewart

About The Telling Project:
The Telling Project works with communities and organizations to produce “Telling,”  an innovative performance in which military veterans and their family members, after interviews and subsequent training and rehearsal, stage the ‘telling’ of their stories for their communities. The Telling Project creates opportunities for veterans to speak and their communities to listen. The Telling Project has has performed in 14 cities and 9 states since 2008, putting over 50 veterans and veterans family members on stage to tell their stories of military life to their communities.

The Telling Project is a direct response to a critical disconnect between the veteran and civilian communities during a time of war. Understanding soldiers’ experience is fundamental to the responsible execution of the rites of citizenship in a free society. While access to information concerning issues and events is greater than it has been at any time in history, contact between veterans and civilians on a community and individual level is at historic lows. Less than one percent of the US population has served over the last decade. The Telling Project provides a forum in which citizen veterans and their family members can speak directly to their own communities concerning their experiences, humanizing and making immediate what are otherwise abstract and polarizing ideas and issues. In an era of divisive and polemical rhetoric, The Telling Project pursues meaningful, nuanced and complex conversations concerning issues of vital importance to communities, the nation and the world.

The Telling Project hearkens to the origins of theatre as a ritualized communal conversation, in which experiences which might otherwise threaten societal cohesion become instead vital and engaged elements in individual, communal and national identity. The Telling Project is performance, oral history and collective mythologizing to the end of broadening and deepening individual connection to community, nation and the world.

This production of Telling: Baltimore is made possible by the generous support of the Bob Woodruff Foundation.

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NYC Nov 9th: VAP Veterans Week Showcase 2014

Join us on Sunday, November 9th at the Fashion Institute of Technology to celebrate veterans in the arts as part of Veterans Week 2014!


SUNDAY, NOV 9th  at 7:30PM

JOURNEYS in STORIES – From the Front to the Home Front in Words

PRESENTED by: Veteran Artist Program (VAP) w/ Voices from War

FEATURING:  National Book Award Nominee PHIL KLAY with poet, librettist, playwright MAURICE DECAUL, poet and educator LAREN MCCLUNG, and essayist (first-hand from Afghanistan) and fiction writer, NATHAN BRADLEY BETHEA.

Voices from War is thrilled to again collaborate with the Veteran Artist Program (VAP) for VAP‘s 2nd annual NYC literary event READING, WRITING, & TALKING WAR – honoring and celebrating the week of Veterans Day 2014 with an incredible 2014 line up!

Don’t miss the thought-provoking readings by these four talented writers.

Curated by Kara Krauze (Founder, Voices from War)

followed by

featuring Jerry Castanos, Michael Castelblanco, Elana Duffy, Natalie Lovejoy, John Manley, Letrice Titus and Adam Wojack

Created by Jonathan Wei
Directed by Max Rayneard and Alex Mallory
Sunday, November 9th, 7:30PM
FIT’s Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, NYC
227 W 27th St (corner of 7th Avenue)

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These events are made possible by the generous support of Empire State College, Operation College Promise, Stockton College, Thomas Edison State College and the Joseph J. Theinert Memorial Fund.
These events are made possible by the generous support of Empire State College, Operation College Promise, Stockton College, Thomas Edison State College and the Joseph J. Theinert Memorial Fund.
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“War Comes Home” Art Show Opens 10/18 in San Diego

The San Diego Public Library, with generous funding from Cal Humanities, has partnered with the Veteran Artist Program to organize an exhibition of local Veterans art. The show, in conjunction with California Reads: War Comes Home will be shown in three branches (Point Loma/Hervey, Mission Valley, and Rancho Bernardo), between October 15 and December 31, 2014.

Opening Reception
Join us for the opening reception to celebrate the artists and honor their dedication and creativity

Saturday, October 18, 2014
2 pm – 5 pm
Point Loma/Hervey Branch Library Community Room
3701 Voltaire Street, San Diego, CA 92107 (619) 531-1539

2:30 pm Spoken word performance by the So Say We All Veteran Writers
3:15 pm “Veterans Doing Art and Caught Between Creativity and Therapy, ”  lecture by BR McDonald, founder of the Veteran Artist Program


Austin Arts & Service Celebration October 19-25

Veteran Artist Program launches 4th Arts and Service Celebration in Austin, TX providing veterans and family members the opportunity to connect with careers in the arts

Veteran Artist Program (VAP) creates pipelines to professional and educational networks for veterans and military family members interested in pursuing the arts and creative industries in five disciplines: visual arts, writing/literature, performing arts, film/video and new/interactive media.

Complete Press Release: Austin, Texas (PRWEB) September 03, 2014 2014 Austin Arts and Service Celebration (October 20-25, 2014) – The Veteran Artist Program (VAP), in partnership with The Telling Project, Austin Community College, Texas Performing Arts, Writers’ League of Texas and many others, is taking the celebration model to Austin, TX where veterans and the arts are thriving in a unique and innovative way. VAP has led the way in the veteran artist community by engaging local communities to build awareness around veterans’ issues and provide tangible outlets for veterans to pursue their love of the arts. Since 2012, VAP has produced 3 weeklong celebrations including in Washington, D.C., San Francisco and New York City ( VAP is excited to work with local and national partners to create workshops, panels and performances in the 5 major disciplines of visual arts, filmmaking, writing and literature, performing arts and interactive design. The Austin Arts and Service Celebration will create pipelines to professional and educational networks for military veterans interested in pursuing the arts and creative industries. The event will include three elements: workshops, panels and public events. The workshops will offer intensive training with established and accomplished professionals in various media, allowing veterans to gain skills and hone their work. Panels will include discussions of various topics in media and the business of arts as well as discussions on new works dealing with veteran issues. The workshops and panels allow veteran participants an opportunity to receive feedback on the pitch, and possibly walk away with support for their ideas. Finally, the public events will allow veteran artists to showcase their work alongside professional artists with whom they are working. These events will be open to the public to allow the veteran artists to gain exposure and experience in presentation, and will include readings, concerts, performances and gallery openings. Previous Successes – The 2013 New York City Arts & Service Celebration, presented in partnership with Warrior Gateway, was a successful week of networking, career development, and performances supporting and celebrating veterans seeking professional careers in the arts. The Celebration was featured in the November 11, 2013 New York Times article, “War Theater, Repurposed.” 8 workshops, 5 panels and 5 public events during the Austin Arts and Service Celebration **For a full event schedule, please visit Professional Artist Development – free of charge intensive training with established and accomplished professionals in various media, allowing veterans and family members to gain skills and hone their work. Workshops include creative writing, playwriting, and intro to motion graphics and will take place on the campus of Austin Community College. Opportunities in the Arts Space – showcasing opportunities for artists in the professional space with film screenings, literary readings, theatrical performance, visual art showcase, and a conversation with the Veteran Artist Program. Some events will be limited capacity. These events will take place at various locations around Austin. Check for exact times and locations. Industry Leaders Speak – An opportunity for veterans and family members to hear from professionals and industry leaders on various topics including new media, the business of the arts, as well as new works dealing with veteran issues. About the Veteran Artist Program (VAP) VAP is a national non-profit that has given voice to over 1000 veteran artists in 5 years, having started in Baltimore in 2009 and now based out of New York City. VAP has worked with national veteran and arts organizations to produce six music/theatrical live events, filmed three documentaries, one feature film, curated gallery exhibits, provided videography/photography services, and helped organize more than 30 community improvement projects, including painting two murals in Baltimore and one in the Bronx. Most recently, VAP installed the first ever all veteran art exhibit at the Pentagon, selecting 50 veterans from over 400 submissions. VAP has produced 8 Telling Projects since 2010 and recently joined the Got Your Six initiative alongside 30 organizations offering services to veterans across America. VAP’s work has been seen on CNN, Fox News, ABC, BBC, MSNBC and covered by NPR, Baltimore Sun, The Washington Post, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. About The Telling Project Since 2008, The Telling Project has worked with communities and organizations to produce “Telling”, a performance in which military veterans and their family members, after interviews, performance training and rehearsal, stage the ‘telling’ of their stories for their communities. The Telling Project has produced 16 original performances around the nation, putting over 100 veterans and their family members on stage – in New York City, Minneapolis, Baltimore, Austin, Portland, OR, San Francisco, Washington, DC and many other locations. Partners and sponsors include the Bob Woodruff Foundation, Smithsonian Institute, Library of Congress, the Guthrie Theater, PBS, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Endowment of the Arts and the American Legion. Press includes New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, PBS, Associated Press, Huffington Post and others. The Telling Project and Veteran Artist Program recently performed Telling: New York City – This is What We Fought For at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Chelsea, Manhattan. About Texas Performing Arts Texas Performing Arts is situated on the main campus of one of the largest and most prestigious research universities in the country. Texas Performing Arts serves The University of Texas at Austin campus and the Austin community at large through a diverse season of world-class fine arts performances, educational activities, and collaborative partnerships. Texas Performing Arts presents an international season of music, theatre, dance, and conversation in our multiple venues, as well as the best in touring Broadway productions and concert attractions. As a university-based arts center it is also committed to serving the academic mission of the College of Fine Arts by supporting the work of our students, faculty and staff on our stages, classrooms, studios and production shops; and in the educational outreach programs it provides for the Austin community. About Austin Community College Austin Community College is a nationally recognized two-year college serving Central Texas. ACC is focused on student success and providing affordable, flexible pathways to help students reach their education goals, learn new job skills, or advance their career. The college currently enrolls approximately 2,000 veterans, and ACC serves veterans and active-duty service members through numerous programs. For details on services for veterans, visit or call (512) 223.7574. About Writers’ League of Texas The Writers’ League of Texas (WLT), a statewide nonprofit with close to 1100 members, was founded in 1981 with the mission of developing a meaningful support system for writers that would focus on the craft, business, and community of writing. The WLT’s core programming currently includes: year-round classes taught by learned instructors (both published writers and other professionals with an expertise to share); a monthly panel discussion in Austin that is free and open to the public; the Summer Writing Retreat at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, TX; the annual Agents & Editors Conference in Austin, TX, now in its 22nd year; Project WISE – a program that brings writers into public schools; and Texas Writes – a program that brings writers to rural libraries across the state for half day workshops.