Veteran Arts Program
As part of our on-going collaborative work with The Carpetbag Theatre, Inc. on Creative Arts Reintegration (CAR), Art2Action has developed a robust Veteran Arts Program in Tampa, FL. We began in 2013, supporting the development of SPEED KILLED MY COUSIN, a play by Linda Parris-Bailey. That collaboration began us on a multi-year journey, developing, hosting and producing programs for Veterans and the Military community. Art2Action began offering regular performing arts workshops and events at the Psychosocial Rehabilitation & Recovery Center (PRRC) of the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital.
In February 2017, we co-hosted the 4th National Summit on Arts & Health in the Military with Americans for the Arts at the University of South Florida (USF), including the first national festival of performances by, for, about and with veterans; learn more by visiting our R&R Arts Festival page.
Throughout 2017 & 2018, we facilitated weekly workshops for Veterans, family members, and participating Theatre students, at PRRC and USF, co-creating a devised theatre work titled CHRYSALIS, which was performed at the USF School of Theatre & Dance, and the University of Tampa (UT) Scarfone/Hartley Gallery, in conjunction with the Kaleidoscope exhibit, featuring Digital Stories created by Veterans, facilitated by The Carpetbag Theatre. Parallel to these programs, we partnered on a pilot study with the VA Center for Innovation in Disability Research (CINDRR) and the USF Department of Psychology (publication coming soon!)
Art2Action's signature local program is the monthly Veterans Community Open Mic in Tampa, featuring local and national guest artists. Learn more below!
Speed the CAR: Creative Arts Reintegration by Linda Parris-Bailey & Andrea Assaf
Moral Injury Killed My Cousin by VA therapist, Dr. Lynne A. Santiago, LMHC
Opening New Doors: Reflections On Art and Recovery by Veteran Peer Leader, Cheldyn Donovan
Art in Action at Veterans Open Mic Night — WUSF radio features the Veterans Community Open Mic as part of their “Veterans Coming Home” Series, featuring interviews with Veterans and Peer Leaders, hosted by Andrea Assaf & Linda Parris-Bailey.
INTERVIEW: “An Iraq War Opera Finds A Vein of Empathy” with Iraqi American playwright Heather Raffo & former U.S. Marine Christian Ellis. Art2Action is very proud to have supported the development of this amazing work, as part of THIS Bridge: Arab, Middle Eastern & Muslim Artists Series, in March 2015.
Spotlighting Vets in Tampa with Andrea Assaf on Wise Woman Media (August 16, 2013). Interview begins at 10:18.