understanding through art





Vet Art Project USA

for local contacts


Vet Art Project to Date:

10 Vet Art Projects in cities across the United States

60 Programs

400 Veteran and Family Member Participants

250 Artist Participants

16 Performances and Exhibits

1,400 Attendance at all Vet Art Project Programs


Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, site of the first Vet Art Project public performance in February 2009




Welcome  to  Vet Art Project


The Vet Art Project provides opportunities for veterans and their families to work in collaboration with artists to create art about war and service, and to foster discussion about how war and service affect us all.

Founded by drama therapist and social artist Lisa Rosenthal, this grassroots network of creative art therapists and artists offer therapeutic creative arts workshops, community discussions, and public performances of new art by veterans, and by veteran and artist collaborative teams, followed by talkbacks with veteran participants. The Vet Art Project is growing across the United States and around the world.

No Judgment

No Politics

Just Art

The Vet Art Project builds




Programming for veterans and family members is always at no cost to them. The project is supported through grants and donations.


Comments by Veteran Participants
of the Vet Art Project

"We are the spearhead of a movement. This is an exciting time in the history of what I see to become a great organization of veterans and artists collaborating. I think people are realizing that art, and the people in the art world are the key to helping veterans, and combating PTSD. I am proud to be a part of it, and thank you all."

—Matt Ping, U.S. Army E-4, 2004-2008, Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), writer, sculptor,& musician

"It was an honor to work with professionals who really, truly and genuinely care about veterans and their lives. It's a great start to reaching out to other veterans and people."

—Bill Crist, U.S. Army E-4, Vietnam, 1970-71

"Thank you so very much for letting us participate in this incredible program."

—Robert (Bob) D. Curry, Army, served 1 year in Vietnam & Laos,

Founder dryhootch.org

“I think the Vet Arts Project is something that every veteran should participate in.”

--JD Kammes, ArmySergeant,
TankCommander, Kosovo & Iraq, 1998-2005

Comments continue here...

The Vet Art Project is a sponsored project of

Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization.

Contributions on behalf of the Vet Art Project may be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Click here to donate

Donate now!

"Veterans are the light at the tip of the candle, illuminating the way for the whole nation. If veterans can achieve awareness, transformation, understanding, and peace, they can share with the rest of society the realities of war. And they can teach us how to make peace with ourselves and each other, so we never have to use violence to resolve conflicts again."

-- Thich Nhat Hanh


Photo courtesy of Taliesin



Find us on Flickr & Facebook

Resources and Press




Military service affects all family members before, during, and after service, and your stories are important and need to be shared, too. We invite all family members and friends to participate.