Theatre of War Benefits the Vet Art Project
As we formulated the concept for Theatre of War many months ago, we realized that our goal of engaging the citizens of Chicago with America’s current wars in the wake of the NATO Summit should have a tangible result beyond the audience’s experience at the performance. After researching numerous Chicago-area veterans orgs, we came upon the Vet Art Project, a group that incorporates the arts in the rehabilitation of veterans of all wars, including those that have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Ticket proceeds from both Wednesday and Thursday’s shows will be donated directly to Vet Art Project, carrying the impact of Theatre of War off the Chopin Theatre stage and out into our City and beyond. Tickets can be purchased here.
Read below about the great work that the Vet Art Project does. We hope you’ll help support them by attending Theatre of War next week.
Founded by drama therapist and social artist Lisa Peacock (Rosenthal), this grassroots network of creative arts therapists and artists offers therapeutic creative arts workshops, community discussions, and public performances of new art created by veterans, and by veteran and artist collaborative teams, followed by talkbacks with veteran
The goal is to grow the project to every hometown across this nation and around the world.
The artists of Theatre of War are supporting the Vet Art Project work here in Chicago and helping Chicago Veterans as they journey forward. Proposed uses for this donation include:
1. Help Chicago Veterans attend Vet Art Project America Retreat and National Launch, Fall 2012 in Northeast Ohio
2. Underwrite the costs of quarterly shows/performances of Veterans art in Chicago as part of the Vet Art Project Chicago
3. Underwrite the cost of an art workshop series at the National Veterans Art Museum
4. Support the creation of the Vet Art Project Book, which will teach the Project’s philosophy, share how-to guidelines to grow projects in other communities and on university campuses including ideas for bridging the gap between Veterans and Civilian Communities, garnering support from area organizations, and learning everyone’s role in creating more cohesive and peaceful communities
Please visit the Vet Art Project Web site at vetartproject.com.