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).

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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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.


Arts & Service Celebration PSA

This VAP commercial was filmed in two days at Rollin Studios in Brooklyn, NY. This project was led by 15 veterans (including the entire cast) who created the idea, wrote the script, led the production and brought together a cast and crew of over 30 people.

In addition to producing the piece, VAP brought on industry professionals such as Frankie Demarco, Mad Men Director of Photography, and Whitney Dow, documentary film producer, to mentor the vets and help mesh their intangible skills as military veterans into their new found love of filmmaking.

This commercial is a great example of what the Veteran Artist Program is ultimately trying to achieve with the Arts & Service Celebration: partnering with industry professionals and gathering a community of veterans with an interest in the arts and encouraging them to take advantage of the vast opportunities in New York City to learn, create and succeed in their artistic endeavors.

Featuring: Neath Williams, Matthew Thomas Burda, Marco Reininger, Alexander Emmert, Brian Shaw, and Kyle Verdeur as the Rapid Response Team
Justine Cabulong and Tyler La Marr as Special Agents
BR McDonald as Himself

Directed by Michael Brown

Score by Natalie Lovejoy