Gary Cole and Laura Dern with other cast members rehearsing for If All The Sky Were Paper - photo by Emil Petrinic
Gary Cole and Laura Dern rehearsing for If All The Sky Were Paper - photo by Emil Petrinic
The complete Tracers cast at USVAA; James Bane, Dan Bridges, Christopher De Vinny, Terrence Edwards, Jonathan Doc Farrow, Juliez Frazier, Jaimyon Parker, Trevor Scott - photo by Emil Petrinic
Tracers at USVAA - photo by Emil Petrinic
Artwork by Teri McCans
Artwork by Teri McCans
Tracers at USVAA; Chris De Vinny and Jaimyon Parker - photo by Emil Petrinic
Tracers at USVAA - photo by Emil Petrinic
Tracers Opening Night at USVAA; James Bane, Dan Bridges, Christopher De Vinny, Terrence Edwards, Jonathan Doc Farrow, Juliez Frazier, Jaimyon Parker, Trevor Scott, John DiFusco and many others - photo by Emil Petrinic
Tracers Opening Night at USVAA - photo by Emil Petrinic
The cast of Tracers at USVAA; James Bane, Dan Bridges, Christopher De Vinny, Terrence Edwards, Jonathan Doc Farrow, Juliez Frazier, Jaimyon Parker, Trevor Scott - photo by Emil Petrinic
The cast of Tracers at USVAA - photo by Emil Petrinic
The Soldier's Project Art About War Exhibit - Dr. Judith Broder, Keith Jeffreys and participating artists
The Soldier's Project Art About War Exhibit - Dr. Judith Broder, Keith Jeffreys and participating artists
The Soldier's Project Art About War Exhibit - artwork by Joseph Umali Fernandez
The Soldier's Project Art About War Exhibit - artwork by Joseph Umali Fernandez
Artwork by Alexa Sherwood
Artwork by Alexa Sherwood
Keith Jeffreys, John Difusco, Terrence Edwards and Trevor Scott at the USVAA screening of Brayden Yoder's film Breakdown
Keith Jeffreys, John Difusco, Terrence Edwards and Trevor Scott at the USVAA screening of Brayden Yoder's film Breakdown - photo by Stephen Boskin
Brayden Yoder, Keith Jeffreys and Rob Tepper at the USVAA screening of Brayden Yoder's film Breakdown
Brayden Yoder, Keith Jeffreys and Rob Tepper at the USVAA screening of Brayden Yoder's film Breakdown
Photo by Stephen Boskin
Keith Jeffreys and USVAA at LA City Hall - Veterans in the Arts and Humanities Recognition Day
Keith Jeffreys and USVAA at LA City Hall
Veterans in the Arts and Humanities Recognition Day
Veterans in the Arts and Humanities Day with Christopher Sweeney and USVAA Artists
Veterans in the Arts and Humanities Day with Christopher Sweeney and USVAA Artists
Photo by Tish Lampert
Photo of Alexa Sherwood by Michael Slygh
Photo of Alexa Sherwood by Michael Slygh
Veterans Day 2011 - photo by Emil Petrinic
Veterans Day 2011 - photo by Emil Petrinic
Michael Naranjo at work
Michael Naranjo at work
Artwork by Trevor Denham
Artwork by Trevor Denham
Veterans Day 2011; TJ Brady speaking - photo by Emil Petrinic
Veterans Day 2011; TJ Brady speaking - photo by Emil Petrinic
Shawna Mayo Barnes at her potters wheel
Shawna Mayo Barnes at her potters wheel
Soldiers Project 2012 - photo by Emil Petrinic
Soldiers Project 2012 - photo by Emil Petrinic
Veterans Day 2011; Lorna Duyn and Dave Carter - photo by Emil Petrinic
Veterans Day 2011; Lorna Duyn and Dave Carter - photo by Emil Petrinic
Veterans Day 2011; William Lansford and Christopher Sweeney - photo by Emil Petrinic
Veterans Day 2011; William Lansford and Christopher Sweeney - photo by Emil Petrinic
Veterans Day 2011; Dave Carter, Christopher Sweeney and TJ Brady - photo by Emil Petrinic
Veterans Day 2011; Dave Carter, Christopher Sweeney and TJ Brady - photo by Emil Petrinic
Photography by Brian Rock
Photography by Brian Rock
Mixed Media Artwork by Jonas Lara
Mixed Media Artwork by Jonas Lara
Photography by Chase Steely
Photography by Chase Steely
Staged reading of OVER HERE by Christopher Franciosa
Staged reading of OVER HERE by Christopher Franciosa
Photo by Emil Petrinic
Staged reading of OVER HERE by Christopher Franciosa
Staged reading of OVER HERE by Christopher Franciosa
Photo by Emil Petrinic
Tracy Letts' BUG featuring Maribeth Monroe and Christopher Sweeney
Tracy Letts' BUG featuring Maribeth Monroe and Christopher Sweeney
Ehren Tool's ceramic cups
Ehren Tool's ceramic cups
Ehren Tool's ceramic cups
Ehren Tool's ceramic cups

 

 

CALIFORNIA READS: War Comes Home

What is it like to be a veteran? What does it mean to come home from war?

As part of Cal Humanities War Comes Home initiative, 43 library systems across the state are presenting reading and discussion programs, oral history collection, story-sharing projects, art-making activities, community forums and dialogues, presentations and panel discussions, film screenings, and civic engagement and community service projects to support veterans and their families. Over 340 branch libraries are involved, along with hundreds of community partners, including local veteran- and active military-serving organizations, schools, colleges, museums, cultural organizations, social service organizations, government agencies, and booksellers.

Karl Marlantes is touring to speak with community audiences in Northern California the week of October 6 and Southern California the week of November 16.


Please join Cal Humanities and USVAA at UCLA's DeNeve Plaza Auditorium November 16th, 4pm for an audience Q & A and book signing to follow.

WEBSITE

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. 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.

 

PAST EVENTS

 

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