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.

Telling: Denver Tickets On Sale Now!

July 30th – August 3rd, 2014
Auraria Campus, Denver, CO
Buy Tickets Now!

Denver Veterans and military family members perform in an original stage production of The
Telling Project at the Auraria Campus from July 30th – August 3rd.

The Telling Project (TP), Veteran Artist Program (VAP), Campus Compact of the Mountain West
(CCMW), and the Bob Woodruff Foundation will present an original production of Telling:
Denver July 30th – August 3st, 2014 at Saint Cajetans on the Auraria Campus, in conjunction with
the Colorado Veterans in Higher Education Summit. Nine participants, consisting of Veterans
and military family members, will tell their own stories on stage in front of a Denver audience
under the direction of The Romero Theater Troupe. The Auraria Campus is hosting Telling:
Denver through the support of Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Veteran and Military
Support Services Office, in partnership with the SECond Mission: Service|Education|Careers
Initiative for student Veteran success through CCMW.

In preparation for this one-of-a-kind production, Telling: Denver participants will undergo
interviewing and performance training, acquiring tools to activate their community through the
arts. Delta Force, Marine Corps combat correspondents, Vietnam special operations, combat
nurses – these are a few of the perspectives this performance affords, all from Denver and
Colorado-based Veterans and military family members. Telling: Denver will be the 16th
production by The Telling Project. The Telling Project has been featured by the New York Times,
Washington Post, NPR, CNN, MSNBC and others, and performed at The Guthrie Theater
(Minneapolis), The Library of Congress, Portland Center Stage, Maryland Center for the
Performing Arts and others.

Written by Jonathan Wei, directed by The Romero Theater Troupe and produced by BR
McDonald, Telling: Denver features nine Veterans and family members, including Tabitha
Bennett, Jenn Calaway, Gina Fasciani, Josh Hamann, Richard McKee, Sarah Plummer, Anastasia
Pyzhov, Jim Stevens, and Megghan Stevens. Cast members represent Veterans from four
branches of service and include military family members as well. More information and tickets
can be found at

To download the press release, click below:
Telling Denver Press Release.

For questions about Telling: Denver, please contact Jordan Rubio at


ARTillery at Mobile Museum of Art

Advocating Veteran Creativity

Thursday, June 5 at 7:00pm
Mobile Museum of Art
4850 Museum Drive, Mobile, Alabama 36608

Veteran Artist Program (VAP), founder BR McDonald is coming from New York to the Mobile Museum of Art to talk about art, war, and story-telling on June 5, 2014, for Artillery, a program on post-service creative process, healing, and advocacy. VAP, a 501c3 nonprofit, takes artists who are also veterans, and propels their work and career into the mainstream creative arts community through networking, mentorships, collaborations with professional artists, and original productions. Based in New York City, VAP creates programming across the country to expand the network and visibility of veteran artists. Come whether you are a veteran, and artist, or an advocate and find out how to support veteran art and create opportunities in your community. Presentation starts at 7pm, Light refreshments, beer and wine by donation.

ABOUT Thursday Nights: On Thursday evenings the art museum opens its galleries for an additional four hours, free of charge and courtesy of the City of Mobile. Programs in music, theater, film, design, visual arts, dance, literature, as well as culture and lifestyle are presented every Thursday night. Come get inspired with us, as well dig into the surface of things, just a little deeper.

Contact Howard McPhail for more information at 251.208.5205 or

For more information visit the facebook event.


Legacy of Valor

MARCH 7-APRIL 24, 2014. The Manatee County Agricultural Museum and Palmetto Historical Park of Florida have been accepted as a partner in the 2014 Legacy of Valor campaign, a project rallying the community to honor veterans, inspire patriotism and pass freedom on to others. The Legacy of Valor will also host an art show featuring Veteran Artist Program (VAP) participants March 7-April 24, 2014. Artists may sell their work at this show through the Agricultural Museum. For more information please contact

Army Week Soldier For Life Award

VAP is partnering with Army Week Association’s Soldier for Life Award Competition to create two awards to be presented during Army Week NYC and Army Week NOLA in June 2014. The design competition aims to be an annual juried design competition that honors the best veteran artists to provide them publicity and recognition of their creative skills. This award should embody what Soldier for Life stands for – a lifetime of service to their country and community.

– The design should be able to be held in one hand, no more than 10 inches tall and have a base that allows the award to sit on a table or mantle. The Soldier for Life award should capture the following traits as well as reflect the region in which the award will be given (New York City and New Orleans):
– The Soldier for Life award will be presented to a veteran of the United States Army
– The awardee has succeeded in transitioning into a prosperous career
– The awardee is a pillar of their community
– The awardee must be dedicated to the veterans cause and be “paying it forward” for the next generation of soldiers

Design Competition Prize
1st place in each city
– Present award alongside Army Week representatives
– Receive recognition and promotional considerations on VAP and Army Week websites
– Two (2) seats at the Army Week Gala
– One-night stay in NYC or New Orleans
2nd/3rd place
– Receive recognition through Army Week and VAP social media channels
– Two (2) seats at Army week gala

Design Competition Timeline
– March 1st – 15th, 2014: Letters of inquiry are accepted via VAP website
– March 24th, 2014: Top 5 designs for both NYC and New Orleans are notified via email and additional information is requested
– April 1st – April 30th: Top 10 designs battle it out for most Facebook image shares on Army Week’s and VAP’s Facebook Page. The public will decide the top 3 designs based on the most shares of each design
– May 1st, 2014: VAP, Army Week and industry partners will announce the winners and runner-ups
– May 1st – May 30th, 2014: Design winners create and finalize selected awards
– June 1st – 7th, 2014: Army Week NOLA Week of Events
– June 8th – 15th, 2014: Army Week NYC Week of Events


For more information, contact Jordan Rubio at
In order for a good design award to be fair, and to ensure that the competition is fair, financial independence is of importance together with award jury and methodology. The Army Week Association’s Soldier for Life Award Competition does not permit sponsors to take part in the competition.


MLK Day of Service

JANUARY 2014. VAP was asked by long time partner The 6th Branch to film their new 2014 PSA. After the success of the VAP PSA, many VSO partners have reached out to VAP to help them reach a larger audience through innovative and creative advertising. VAP brought together New York and Baltimore-based veteran filmmakers to capture the amazing work of this veteran-led organization.