• Community
  • Partners and Supporters
  • Press

The veterans of New York City is a population that unfortunately tends to go unnoticed in the public space. As of 2010, there were 988,217 veterans in New York State, alone. Veterans in this country face many obstacles in integrating back into civilian life; such as unemployment, homelessness, medical and mental health struggles, and difficulty in receiving or being educated about benefits. More Art would like to give extensive thanks to organizations such as Services for the Under Served, Warrior Writers, Veterans Crisis Line, Coalition for the Homeless, Office of Veterans Affairs, Hope for the Warriors, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Wounded Warrior Project, Hire Heroes USA, Service Women’s Action Network, along with countless others, for their unyielding aid to military veterans.  Organizations such as these offer invaluable resources to veterans, such as affordable housing, emergency mental health assistance, and personalized job training. Despite these noble efforts, there is much work to be done in terms of giving back to our veterans and recognizing their sacrifices; as of 2010, an estimated 22 veterans committed suicide per day.

Veteran Participants

Joan Aiken
Lyndsey Anderson
Joseph Avellanet
Roman Baca
Walter Baldaccini
Carl Cannon
Luis Crossman
Marie Delus
Trent Love
Nelson Lowhim
Blake Ruehrwein
Carlos Tarraza
Carlos Zambrano

Collaborating Veterans Organizations

  • Coalition for the Homeless
  • Cornell University – Program for Anxiety and Trauma Stress Studies
  • CUNY – Office of Veterans Affairs
  • ECAD – Educated Canine Assistance Dog Program
  • Emotional Freedom Technique – Jondi Whitis
  • HonorVet.org
  • Hope for the Warriors
  • Housing and Services Inc.
  • Human Resiliency Institute at Fordham University
  • IAVA – Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
  • Intersections International
  • North Shore LIJ – Ways to Give Foundation
  • Phoenix House of New York, Inc.
  • Services for the UnderServed, Inc.
  • Shining Services Worldwide
  • SWAN – Service Women’s Action Network
  • UWVC – United War Veterans Council Inc.
  • Veterans Mental Health Coalition of NYC
  • Warrior Writers
  • Wounded Warrior Project

Funding for this project has been provided in part by the Lower Manhattan Cultural
Council, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The NYC Council, the Polish
Cultural Institute, Galerie Lelong, and individual donors. The project was made possible by the special assistance of the City of New York Department of Parks & Recreation and the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department at the School of Visual Arts.


The Union Square Partnership.

The Union Square Partnership (USP) is a private, not-for-profit, community-based organization responsible for the revitalization of the 14th Street-Union Square neighborhood. For more information, visit unionsquarenyc.org.

NYC Department of Parks & Recreation Art in the Parks Program.

The City of New York’s Department of Parks & Recreation Art in the Parks program has consistently fostered the creation and installation of temporary public art in parks throughout the five boroughs. Since 1967, collaborations with arts organizations and artists have produced hundreds of public art projects in New York City parks.