I am pleased to announced that some the work from our Brooklyn alumni will be on exhibit this Winter in conjunction with David T. Little’s new opera, Soldier Songs.
Little’s piece explores the perceptions versus the realities of the Soldier, the exploration of loss and exploitation of innocence, and the difficulty of expressing the truth of war. The libretto of this work is adapted from interviews with veterans from 5 years of war. Soldier Songs was previously presented in New Haven, CT where the producer and composer first shared this intimate theatre work with the veteran community with veteran specific talk-backs facilitated by VA psychologists and discounted ticket prices.
The play, and VPP’s work, will be shown at PACE University’s Michael Schimmel Center, January 11th - 18th.
New Orleans VPP will be on hiatus until Fall 2012 when we have a viable partner organization in the greater New Orleans area. Have a wonderful summer, and please revisit our work in September.
Edwards will be beginning a new workshop series specifically with female veterans in the Greater New Orleans area beginning this Spring. Working in conjunction with a Department of Veteran Affairs liason, Edwards will be conducting classes at the Parse Gallery, bringing veteran students into a arts-oriented environment for their class series.
Continuing to work with the Doe Fund’s veteran liasion Tom Popowich, Photographer Tiffany Smith has taken the reigns in Brooklyn and is conducting workshops with VPP, while Aubrey simultaneously conducts workshops in New Orleans.
For the holiday season, participants in both branches of the project set up a portrait studio in the shelter and gifted family and individual portraits to staff and fellow Veterans.
VPP wishes a beautiful New Year to our Veterans, thank you for your service.
Photo Outing to the French Quarter, French Market, and Mississippi River banks.