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Operation Valor Arts: Helping Veterans Continue to Serve

OVArts is taking a highly original approach to addressing Veterans’ needs by designing programming based on an art and civic engagement model. Throughout history, Veterans have had the need to process and share their experience of the military and war. While arts-based therapies are vital to the recovery of many Veterans, to date no reentry programs have taken the innovative steps to integrate creative expression with career training, mentoring, networking, and entrepreneurship.

Through art and civic engagement, OVArts will empower Veterans to demonstrate their skills and share their experiences, educate them in art, design and the trades, and enrich the lives of Veterans and the communities in which they are continuing to serve.

 

Empower

OVArts provides Veterans with a new mission and purpose by bringing teams of Veterans together to design and construct public art projects. Projects empower Veterans to articulate their personal stories and experiences, and allow them to demonstrate their skills and abilities from their military service, as well as develop new skills. The completion of a project serves as physical evidence of Veterans’ extraordinary abilities, and empowers them as they enter civilian careers.

Educate

OVArts connects Veteran teams to technical and other educational institutions for training in metal and other trades, computer aided design, landscape architectural design, and fine arts. Veteran participants have the opportunity to collaborate with professional artists, architects, engineers and tradespeople in the process of developing and implementing public art projects.  Industry-focused, hands-on career training is designed to reinforce technical skills, problem-solving, and critical thinking.

Enrich

OVArts’ Veteran-designed sculptures and Honor Gardens enrich the lives of Veterans as well as the communities around them, with projects becoming centerpieces for community gatherings or offering places for quiet reflection. Projects create a bridge to understanding by initiating a conversation between the Veteran population and the public. The large-scale artworks constructed for government facilities, universities, parks, and corporate settings will become a part of the tradition of American monuments, ultimately motivating others to take similar steps in creating change.

 

OVArts provides an opportunity for Veterans to use their personal histories as the catalyst for works of public art that will honor fighting soldiers and those who will never return home. While art making by its very nature has a restorative and healing component, the creation of public artworks of a professional design quality has the added benefit of demonstrating the incredible capabilities of our Veteran participants in a highly visible way. Thus, the impact of OVArts’ programs extends from job training and résumé building for individual participants, to the greater mission of positively impacting the overall public perception of the post-9/11 Veteran population.

EMPOWER | EDUCATE | ENRICH

OVArts is taking a highly original approach to addressing Veterans’ needs by designing programming based on an art and civic engagement model. Throughout history, Veterans have had the need to process and share their experience of the military and war. While arts-based therapies are vital to the recovery of many Veterans, to date no reentry programs have taken the innovative steps to integrate creative expression with career training, mentoring, networking, and entrepreneurship.

Through art and civic engagement, OVArts will empower Veterans to demonstrate their skills and share their experiences, educate them in art, design and the trades, and enrich the lives of Veterans and the communities in which they are continuing to serve.

EVENTS

Annual Veteran Tribute: Reception and Auction

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FEATURED ARTIST

RICHARD SANDERS

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PROJECT UPDATE

TEAM APPROVES SITE FOR THE SGT TOMMY VANDLING PROJECT

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