USVAA PARTNERS WITH FORT MACARTHUR
We are proud to announce that USVAA is joining forces with Angels Gate Cultural Center at Fort MacArthur to create a pilot program for the first veteran-led virtual and physical makerspace in the nation. Makerspaces are an exciting concept USVAA has been looking at closely for several years and in the past six months we've been working with Amy Eriksen, the Angels Gate Executive Director and Isabelle Lutterodt, The Director of Visual Arts of Angels Gate to create the initial program components.
The USVAA Makerspace Program launches with an Independence Day BBQ and Celebration on Saturday, June 27th from 4 to 9 PM at Ft. MacArthur. The launch is a combined event with The Last Sunday, An Evening of Poetry and Art. This event will feature artwork by veterans, poets, great music and food, opportunities to tour Ft. MacArthur and see the wonderful work Angels Gate Cultural Center has done with artists for the past 30 years.
Please join us at this great event to hear much more about our plans. And of course you can always contact us via email or call (310) 559-2116.
The Last Sunday:
THE LAST SUNDAY is a monthly poetry and story telling event, where veterans and civilians come together to share their art at the USVAA theater in Culver City. It is produced by Joe Gardner and Jerry Della Salla and their production team -- Bobby Strahan, Robert Rodriguez, Jennifer Gardner and Sam Spade.
Previous performances have been a great success and we continue looking forward to continue featuring this program monthly.
CAL HUMANITIES: WAR COMES HOME
The USVAA is proud to be working with Cal Humanities on their "War Comes Home" documentary project.
In 2014 Cal Humanities is embarking on a multi-year initiative focused on the experience of veterans returning from war. War Comes Home will create opportunities for communities across California to grapple with critical questions in the aftermath of over a dozen years of war.
War Comes Home will include hundreds of activities throughout California. These events will bring communities together with veterans and their families, writers, and historians to explore how California is welcoming its veterans home.
VISIT THEIR WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION
"The artist's job is to be a witness to his time in history."
- Robert Rauschenberg, Veteran, U.S.N.
“Find something you're passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.”
- Julia Child, Veteran, O.S.S., WWII
"To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow.
So do it."
- Kurt Vonnegut, Veteran, U.S. Army, WWII
United States Veterans’ Artists Alliance (USVAA) is a 501 (c) 3, non-profit, multi-disciplinary arts organization composed of a diverse group of dynamic, extraordinarily talented military veterans and artists located across the United States.
Founded in 2004, USVAA seeks to open doors for military veterans to work and thrive in America’s creative economy by providing opportunities in the arts, humanities and entertainment industry. With a solid track record of programming excellence in place, USVAA works tirelessly with veterans, artists, supportive individuals and organizations within the arts and veterans’ communities to find funding and support for individual and collaborative projects in photography, literature, theater, film, television, fine arts and a wide variety of crafts.
In addition to our work with veterans and artists, we strive first and foremost to highlight the talents of military veterans and the history of veterans who have made significant contributions to the arts and humanities since the Revolutionary War. To date we have compiled biographical information on the over 550 military veterans who have made noted contributions to the arts and humanities since the founding of the United States.
As spokespersons in the veteran’s community and in our endeavors as artists, we work diligently to highlight issues of concern to veterans and their families. These issues include the transition from military to civilian life, education, employment, the effects of wartime and military service injuries such as PTSD, TBI and Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and homelessness among veterans.
For more information about our work please visit our ABOUT PAGE.
USVAA is a non-partisan organization dedicated to supporting veterans in the arts, humanities and the entertainment industry. We do not engage in electoral politics. USVAA's endorsements of political candidates, votes and propositions are limited to issues that affect veterans and the arts. Our board members and the artists associated with USVAA are a diverse group that reflects the wide variety of beliefs held among veterans. Their individual opinions and/or political activities should not be construed as reflecting positions held by USVAA.
CALIFORNIA READS: War Comes Home As part of Cal Humanities War Comes Home initiative, Cal Humanities and USVAA presented a talk and audience Q & A with Karl Marlantes, author of "Matterhorn" and " What It Is Like to Go to War" at UCLA's DeNeve Plaza Auditorium November 16th 2014. It was our honor and pleasure to spend some time with Mr. Marlantes and share his insights in the veteran experience.
IF ALL THE SKY WERE PAPER (2014 production) written by Andrew Carroll and based on his bestselling books of military letters “War Letters” and “Behind the Lines”, directed by John Benitz and presented by Chapman University, in association with Lexicat Artists and USVAA.
Read the BROADWAY WORLD article about it.
Celluloid Soldiers: Veterans through Hollywood's Lens at the Los Angeles Public Library, part of an ongoing Cal Humanities program: War Comes Home.
TRACERS conceived by John DiFusco, written by the original cast: Vincent Caristi, Richard Chaves, John DiFusco, Eric E. Emerson, Rick Gallavan, Merlin Marston and Harry Stephens with Sheldon Lettich; directed by John DiFusco; starring James Bane, Dan Bridges, Terrence Edwards, Chris DeVinny, Jonathan "Doc" Farrow, Juliez Frazier, Jaimyon Parker and Trevor Scott.
Read the LA TIMES and LA WEEKLY reviews.
THE LONG WAY HOME: Reflections on the Tracers Journey written and performed by John DiFusco with A.L. Keith on percussion; directed by John Perin Flynn.
Read the BACKSTAGE review.
A PATHWAY HOME
The Soldiers Project Presents "A Pathway Home" | National Conference June 8-10, 2012. On Saturday June 9th USVAA representatives will be leading a panel discussion on the arts.
VETERANS' VOX 365
Veterans honoring the literary works of veterans, accompanied by displays of fine art by veteran artists. November 2010 - November 2011
BUG by Tracy Letts; directed by Keith Jeffreys; starring, Christopher Sweeney (Veteran, U.S.M.C.) Heidi Brook Myers (Veteran, U.S. Army), Maribeth Monroe, Skip Pipo, Casey Sullivan and Manfred Hofer.
Read the LA WEEKLY review.
April Fitzsimmons' Veterans Writing Workshop at USVAA 2010-11 (Poets and Writers' Grant)
SHAKESPEARE and VETERANS, our annual free Shakespeare Program 2008 to 2010: TWELFTH NIGHT, CORIOLANUS, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, and OTHELLO. (City of Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Grants and City Council reserve funds).
The CULVER CITY SLAM! with Nation of Improv Improv Night presented once monthly, produced by Air Force Veteran Dave Carter, 2005 - 2011
DEBRIEFING Vietnam Veterans' Photography Gallery October-November 11th 2006
CUSTER October, November 2007
Air Force Veteran April Fitzsimmons' THE NEED TO KNOW at the Kirk Douglas theater, August 2nd, 2008. (City of Culver City Cultural Affairs/Kirk Douglas Theater Grant)
DEBRIEFING Chicago National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum May-November 11th 2008
USMC Veteran Christopher Sweeney's gallery exhibit DISARMED with THE ZOO STORY, featuring Christopher Sweeney