Veteran Voice Project

Veteran Voice Project

From Richard Archer

The Moreno Valley Cultural Arts Foundation is looking to establish its Veteran Voice Project to create an Artists Cooperative for Veterans dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and/or Military Sexual Trauma.

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The Moreno Valley Cultural Arts Foundation (a nonprofit, 501 C 3, public charity) is working to establish our Veteran Voice Project to begin a Veterans Artists Cooperative for Veterans dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Military Sexual Trauma. Creating awareness regarding Veterans issues is critical towards public understanding and support. At the same time, it goes a long way to inform Veterans throughout the country regarding the common challenges each of them face every day. Ultimately, we can be the catalyst to other Veterans to explore their creative spirit as a means of healing. Veteran Voice is an effort to begin a dialogue and bring knowledge to a national audience. Studio spaces, a common workshop where Veteran artists can collaborate on creative projects and a sound/video studio, will bring significant attention to the broad talents that the Veteran community encompasses.

To get the project started we have a "brick & mortar" location; the Vanguard Art Gallery in Moreno Valley where we can exhibit work and set up a sound/video set-up so we can get content out there immediately. This will be done on a temporary basis. As the next interim step, there will be a move to an industrial space (we are currently seeking an appropriate space that can be converted to artists studios, sound/video studio and common workshop). Our long-term goal is to establish the American Veterans Cultural Arts Center. Once the facility is constructed and completed, all of this will be permanently housed at the new facility.

Veteran Voice will be done as a model to be replicated throughout the country.

We have a radio talk show host with 23 years of experience in the industry who has committed to provide her extensive expertise in designing this project. Guitar Center is also providing additional practical input. Simultaneously, we will be lining up leaders and groups within the Veterans community to aggressively get the word out to everyone. Eventually, this effort will be evolving into a full-time radio station with Veteran representation in all programming.The goal is to raise $20,000 to implement this Veteran Voice Project. Our nonprofit will use those funds to purchase the equipment, technology and access to be able to broadcast, record and distribute podcasts, video blogs, and radio broadcasts to a world-wide audience. We will also make needed renovations to the artists studio space.

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