Mission: To open doors for military veterans to work in America’s creative economy by providing opportunities in the arts, humanities, and the entertainment industry.
About the Organization: Founded in 2004 by veterans and artists, the United States Veterans' Artist Alliance (USVAA) in Culver City, California, works 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. It also works to raise awareness around issues of concern to veterans and their families, including the transition to civilian life, education, employment, housing, and the effects of military service-related injuries, and highlights the work of veterans who have distinguished themselves in the arts and humanities, including Edgar Allan Poe, Irving Berlin, Kurt Vonnegut, and James Earl Jones.
Current Programs: Through collaborations with partner organizations like the American Theater Channel, Angles Gates Cultural Center, the California Arts Council, California Lawyers for the Arts, Final Draft, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative, Poets & Writers, Sony Pictures, the Soldiers Project, and TechSoup, USVAA's programs support veterans working in a wide array of disciplines and media. The USVAA Veterans Writing Workshop provides mentoring by professional writers and producers; the USVAA Veterans Repertory works with veteran actors, directors, and writers to develop and produce works at the USVAA Theater and other venues; and the Studio Space at Fort MacArthur in San Pedro, California, provides a place where veterans can create works of art in a peaceful, inspiring environment free of charge. The USVAA Theater also hosts a monthly evening of poetry, spoken word, and storytelling accompanied by works of fine art and photography, music, and one-act theater.
Website: Visitors to the USVAA site can look up profiles of veterans in the arts by field (film, fine art, literature and poetry, music, photography, television, and theater), read an interview with the "USVAA Colleague of the Month," or browse the photo gallery. Visitors also can learn about notable veteran artists, read up on past events, and/or make an online donation in support of the organization, including its writing workshop, repertory, and studio.
Funding: The United States Veterans' Artist Alliance is funded by foundations, corporations, and individuals.