State funds support arts projects to enrich the lives of our veterans and their families
VWV is proud to share that on June 17, 2019, the California Arts Council announced a grant award of $3836 to Veteran Women’s Voices as part of its Veterans in the Arts program. Following is the press release we’ve sent out announcing this grant. Much gratitude to all of the volunteers, veteran women writers, and supporters that have made VWV a success in its first years.
Veterans in the Arts addresses the needs and improves the lives of California’s veterans by increasing equity, access, and opportunities for veterans to participate in quality arts programming that is sensitive and responsive to their unique experiences. VIA provides project support for nonprofit arts organizations, local arts agencies, and veteran’s assistance agencies to reach veterans and their families.
Veteran Women’s Voices core projects center on 3-day no-cost residencies, and single-day retreats, for women veterans in Northern California. These activities provide an opportunity for women to strengthen confidence to write their military service stories, and to build shared community around the powerful act of writing and sharing stories in a supportive, non-judgmental setting.
Veteran women’s Voices is one of 46 grantees chosen for the Veterans in the Arts program. The award was featured as part of a larger announcement from the California Arts Council, with grant funds totaling a projected $24,508,541 for 2018-19, the highest investment in statewide arts programming since the 2000-01 fiscal year.
“Arts and culture are inextricably linked to our humanity,” said Nashormeh Lindo, California Arts Council Chair. “They serve as a universal touchpoint for understanding and addressing our societal issues—dismantling inequity, healing trauma, reframing justice, inspiring truth and shaping futures. The Council is humbled to support the vital work of [Your organization name] and its passionate efforts to make a better California for us all.”
Veteran Women’s Voices supports women military veterans in Northern California in developing the writing skills and confidence to express their unique experiences with a community of compassionate peers, and over time, to add their voices to the emerging literature of women who serve in the military.
The mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the arts and creativity. The Council is committed to building public will and resources for the arts; fostering accessible arts initiatives that reflect contributions from all of California’s diverse populations; serving as a thought leader and champion for the arts; and providing effective and relevant programs and services.
Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Nashormeh Lindo, Vice Chair Larry Baza, Juan Devis, Jodie Evans, Kathleen Gallegos, Jaime Galli, Donn K. Harris, and Louise McGuinness. Learn more at www.arts.ca.gov.
View a complete listing of all Veterans in the Arts grantees.