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Open the Door Veterans Program

$910 of $70,000 goal

Raised by 6 people in 21 months
Cody Vance
on behalf of Texan Fench Alliance for the Arts
 SAN ANTONIO, TX
Bottom line: The Open the Door Veteran's Program desires to fund it's pilot venture of 6 doors. A permanent location in the city of San Antonio is needed so that all can experience the beauty of the artwork and shared stories of our veteran's. A full program of up to 60 doors is being discussed for the near future. These two installations will become a must see for all veteran's, family's of vets and tourists visiting the Alamo City. Money raised will help pay the teams, support staff, provide materials and logistical needs., etc.

Background and testimonials:

After its tremendous success in Houston, the citywide Texan-French Alliance for the Arts public art program “Open the Door” is coming to San Antonio for a public and healing art veterans’ program. San Antonio was selected for the Open the Door Veterans’ pilot program due to its long history of veteran support as “Military City USA.” Each year, San Antonio hosts more than 130,000 students and their families for military training. Altogether, veterans represent over 10% of San Antonio’s population.

The door is a strong, universal symbol of transition and progression. Our veterans experience significant transitions as they return from combat operations, as they resume the role of parent and spouse following a prolonged absence, and as they leave military service to return to a civilian lifestyle. The Open the Door Veterans’ program uses art as a visual dialogue between veterans, local artists, and members of the community. Installing the doors in public spaces enables the creation of a supportive network for veterans and expands their dialogue throughout San Antonio and its communities. This citywide public art program provides a platform for veterans to express themselves and begin the healing process. Painted on one side of the doors are artistic interpretations of the experiences that the veterans want to share with their community, while the other side of the doors depicts the community’s visual responses to the veterans’ messages. These painted doors are the end product of a deliberate creative process, including therapeutic workshops, an exhibition documenting the veterans’ journey, and a public art installation that activates interaction between veterans and their community.

“Our pilot program had one mandate, one question to answer; can art provide healing to PTSD sufferers? Absolutely. There is not a single person in the program that hasn't been strongly affected by the experience, it positively and permanently affected the lives of everyone involved. - “ Cody Vance, San Antonio Open the Door pilot program manager, Air Force veteran and professional artist.

"I was honored to be asked to participate in the "Open Door Project" helping veterans with PTSD through this art project. These men and women have given so much for our country and have to struggle with this awful condition as a result of experiencing severe trauma or a life-threatening event. I strongly believe in the spiritual and restorative effects of the art making process and do believe that this creative activity gives these veterans a pathway to emotional healing and a sense of well being." –Bill Fitzgibbons; owner Bill Fitzgibbons LLC.

“The Open the Door project has been a wonderful experience for me. Not only am I given a chance to express the way that art and the creative process have helped me with managing my stress but it has also introduced me to a community of civilian and military artists and crafters that I would not have gotten to know otherwise. I appreciate the program and I look forward to incorporating into my life and business”. -Tony Fantasia, Owner of Fantasia Custom Designs, founder of Vet Craft, and Army Veteran

The desire of this program is to spread the knowledge that through creative activity, art can help the healing process. PTSD sufferers - military as well as non-military - and those who are affected by other behavioral issues need creative outlets to help cope with daily stressors.
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June 11, 2016 at the Lone Star Arts District in San Antonio will be your chance to see the doors as a complete set. After this show many doors may be spreading out to be viewed in new and exciting venues to raise awareness and gather sponsor donations for permanent installation. Please be a part of their transformation and help us bring creative light into the lives of those struggling with PTSD.
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Hope to see you Memorial Day! Monday, May 30th we'll be on site at the 110 year old VFW Post 76 from 5-8ish. Address: VFW Post 76, 10 10th St, San Antonio, TX 78215.
There will be creative fun courtesy of Fantasia Custom Designs and the Southwest School of Art. The Post Auxillary will be providing food items and the cantina inside has drinks for sale.
Come view the doors create by this project collaboration, ask yourself what you think each one means or what feeling it relays, then hear the Veterans from each team give you their part.

And don't forget to join the other supporters of this pilot project by donating so that we can expand the program and knowledge that art heals!
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We've raised $910 for this event and expect more within the next week. Please join those who understand how important the impact of this project will be. PTSD is a traumatic event driven affliction that many in our society deal with daily. Through art and other creative outlets, those suffering can find a healthy way to cope with daily stressors and triggers.
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We're on our way! These doors tell such an important story that many out there will be able relate to, but a permanent installation and full sized project can only become a reality if you get involved. Let's create the first PTSD art installation in San Antonio!

Thank you to all who have given their time and donations!
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$910 of $70,000 goal

Raised by 6 people in 21 months
Created May 16, 2016
Cody Vance
on behalf of Texan Fench Alliance for the Arts
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Steven DaLuz
21 months ago
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Great project!

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Alicia Helton
21 months ago
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This is such a marvelously creative and effective way to reintroduce wounded vets back into the community. We must keep such programs going strong until the last veteran is back home safe and well.

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