Saluting Our Veterans
This year for Veteran’s Day, we wanted to salute and celebrate the brave men and women who have served in the military and support the creative projects they are now pursuing. The following is a list of some fantastic fiscally sponsored projects run by or serving veterans.
Words After War
Words After War is dedicated to building a community of thoughtful, engaged and skilled veteran writers. Through high-quality literary programming, we provide veterans, their families and civilian supporters with the tools they need to tell their stories.
Our mission is to offer fully-funded opportunities for veterans and their family members to share their stories. We aim to build a supportive creative community through workshops, studio retreats, literary mentorships and a writer-in-residence program.
We believe that literature is an invaluable art form and communication tool. Community is at the heart of everything we do. Literary programming is a powerful tool in building a healthier veteran community. Moreover, when veterans share their stories, a more open and more informed veteran-civilian dialogue emerges. We believe veterans need more opportunities to tell their stories, and these stories need to be made available to a broader audience.
Comedy Warriors: Healing Through Humor is a full-length documentary film featuring five severely injured service members embarking on a new and challenging journey. Join them as they write and perform stand-up comedy with the help of the best in the business, including: Lewis Black, Zach Galifianakis, B.J. Novak and Bob Saget. As part of the film they will also tell their poignant stories of what they have gone through and the role that humor plays in their rehabilitation. The film culminates in a live performance event at top Los Angeles comedy clubs, The Improv and the Laugh Factory.
Society of Artistic Veterans
Society of Artistic Veterans (SocArtVets) is based in New York City and co-founded by military veterans Neath Williams and Tyler La Marr. SocArtVets was created in 2012 and is a membership organization with over 100 military veterans throughout the United States with backgrounds that include film, television, theater, dance, and writing.
Society of Artistic Veterans seeks to enable military veterans toward careers in the arts and entertainment industry and create a community amongst industry professionals.
The Vet Art Project and The Theater of Life Project
The Vet Art Project creates opportunities for veterans to work in collaboration with artists from all disciplines to create new art about war for public performance and viewing. The goals of the Vet Art Project are to support our veterans, create stronger voices among our veterans, provide new opportunities for artists, and offer a venue to hear the voices of our veterans and artists, and foster discussions about how war affects us all.
The Theater of Life Project, an expansion of the Vet Art Project, will further develop and produce select stories created in the Vet Art Project and combine these productions with sociodramas where audience members are invited to role play to personally and collectively explore one or more issues addressed in the stage drama. Sociodrama uses a directed improvisational technique to help audience members be a part of the drama of life by solving problems of human relations through actions. In this way audiences will truly be members in the drama or theater of life. All sociodramas will be conducted by myself and as the project grows, others will be trained in the technique.
The Theater of Life Project is a means to achieve peace. When participants realize their unique contributions to the group experience—and bare witness to interests they share in common with others—they are more likely to experience internal peace (i.e. self confidence) and therefore become more effective contributors to building peace in their community and the world.
We are proud to support these fantastic projects that support Veteran artists, and we salute all of our veterans in our membership and Fractured Atlas family. Thank you for your service!