29 November 2008
The Vet Art Project was awarded a mini-grant from the Illinois Humanities Council for the February 2009 program planned for the Chicago Cultural Center Studio Theater. This project will connect veterans and their family members with artists from all disciplines to collaboratively transform stories of war and its affect on us all into art for public performance and viewing. The project will culminate at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 23, 2009 when community members are invited to bare witness to these stories and this art. More details at www.vetartproject.com including how to reserve tickets to this performance, which is free, but advance reservations are required.
Official announcement here: www.prairie.org/news/illinois-humanities-council-awards-mini-grants-seven-local-nonprofits.
The staged reading of veterans writing, performed by actors affiliated with American Theater Company, and assisted by Jessa Carlstrom and Heather Meyers, was a great success. It was both entertaining and informative. I think, too, that the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum and the Vet Art Project gained some new supporters and fans. We are talking about making this collaboration an annual event.
10 November 2008
I hope you'll come out and show your support for our veterans and current arms services personnel, not by shopping, but by truly honoring their service to our country. We, the collective of artists affiliated with the Vet Art Project and American Theater Company, have come together to honor our troops. Using original writing submitted over the years to the National Vietnam Veterans Museum, we have recreated the journey of a soldier. This will be a staged reading performance in the lobby of the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum. I hope you'll join us.
Tuesday, November 11th, 6 p.m.
National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum
1801 S. Indiana Avenue