"The artist's job is to be a witness to his time in history."
- Robert Rauschenberg, Veteran, U.S.N.
"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. Founded in 2004, we provide opportunities for military veterans in the arts by networking with veterans, artists, supportive individuals and organizations within the arts and veterans' communities to find funding and support for individual artistic projects in theater, film, television and the visual/fine arts and a wide variety of crafts.
USVAA works with a number of veterans and artists in all aspects of the arts. Each of them possesses a wide range of views regarding their personal philosophy about art, their work as artists and veterans, the military, their service, war and combat and the transition from military service to civilian life.
In addition to our work with veterans and artists, we strive -- as spokespersons in the veteran's community and our endeavors as artists -- to highlight issues of concern to veterans and their families. These issues include the transition from military to civilian life, 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.
THE LONG WAY HOME
THE WORLD PREMIERE of THE LONG WAY HOME: Reflections on the Tracers Journey
Written and performed by John DiFusco
Al. Keith, percussion and vocals.
Directed by John Perrin Flynn
Produced by Rogue Machine Theatre and USVAA
THE LONG WAY HOME: REFLECTIONS ON THE TRACERS JOURNEY, written and performed by John DiFusco with Al. Keith on percussion and vocals. Directed by John Perrin Flynn. Produced by Rogue Machine Theatre and United States Veterans' Artists Alliance (USVAA).
'The Long Way Home' is a personal look back at the conception, creation, and theatrical journey of the landmark Vietnam war play, 'Tracers.' Told through poetry, projections, story-telling, and live music, this is both a theatre story and a veteran's story.
'The Long Way Home' opens Saturday, November 3rd, 2012 at 8 pm at the USVAA Theater located in the AMVETS Post II Building, 10858 Culver Blvd., Culver City.
Performances: Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 pm November 3rd through November 24th.
Due to popular demand we have added a special performance for Sunday, November 18th at 4 pm. Q and A to follow with John DiFusco, Al. Keith and Keith Jeffreys discussing "Tracers", "The Long Way Home", Veterans in the Arts and Humanities and the way forward for veterans in the arts and the entertainment industry.
Tickets available at the Rogue Machine Theatre Box Office Friday, October 12th. Please follow the link below:
For more information about the show, USVAA or Rogue Machine Theatre call USVAA at 310 559 2116
Free to veterans
General Admission: $22.50
Students and Seniors: $14.00. (Verification for student and senior ticket purchases on-line must be presented at the box office.)
Please join us for the world premiere.
Please visit THE EVENT PAGE to learn more.
Recognizing November 1st as Veterans in the Arts and Humanities Day in the City of Los Angeles
Fellow veterans and artists and friends of USVAA.
You are cordially invited to join USVAA at a historically important and memorable event for all veterans, the citizens of Los Angeles and our members and friends across the country.
WHEN: 9:30 am on Friday, October 26th, 2012, Bill Rosendahl, LA City Councilman (U.S. Army veteran) and the Los Angeles City Council will officially recognize November 1st, 2012 as Veterans in the Arts and Humanities Day in the City of Los Angeles.
WHAT: The Los Angeles City Council resolution is a significant first step of USVAA's initiative toward making November 1st a day of national recognition for veterans past and present who have participated in the arts and humanities.
WHY: Why make November 1st National Veterans In the Arts and Humanities Day?
We want the general public to understand the number of significant contributions veterans have made to the arts and humanities and be aware of the talent level of those veterans now working in a variety of artistic fields such as fine art, theater, dance, film, television and multi-media/digital art.
Most importantly, this unprecedented recognition by the City of Los Angeles will assist USVAA as we continue to highlight the work of individual veterans developing careers both in the arts and the entertainment industry throughout the United States.
Toward that goal we have assembled a list of over 350 men and women veterans of all eras and conflicts who have distinguished themselves in the arts and humanities since the founding of the United States. The extensive list includes Edgar Allen Poe, Abraham Lincoln, Joseph Pulitzer, Julia Child, Kurt Vonnegut, James Earl Jones, Humphrey Bogart, Buster Keaton, Irving Berlin, Lou Rawls, H.C. Westermann, and our good friends and fellow veterans Tucker Smallwood, John DiFusco, Daniel Cano, Michael Rose, John Perrin Flynn and many other former service members now working or aspiring to work in the arts and humanities.
WHERE: Please join us at LA City Hall in the Council Chambers at 9:30 am, Friday, October 26th, 2012 as part of this important process. Friends and family members are welcome. Parking is free at LA City Hall. (Please call Keith Jeffreys at 310 559 2116 to coordinate for a parking pass at LA City Hall)
For questions about the event or the LA City Council Resolution, please contact Keith at 310 559 2116 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Also please visit THE EVENT PAGE to learn more.
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