Calling all community members!

Are you or is someone you love a veteran?

We are seeking nominations of veterans to share their stories from before, during, and after their military service for a new arts project called Veterans Voices. We’re looking to hear from a diverse intergenerational group of people who live, work, or have a connection to New Jersey, specifically to the greater Frenchtown area.

Veterans Voices will tell the stories of five veterans – their memories, feelings, and reflections on their experience and how their military service has shaped their lives today. We believe everyone has a story to tell, and every person is deserving of having their story heard and reflected in our art and media. Sharing your story with others is a vulnerable act that can lead to healing and social connection. It can also lead to social change.

Five selected veterans will be paired with an artist who has been trained in oral history traditions as part of a residency partnership between ArtYard and coLAB Arts. The stories will be turned into a “Crankie” — a homemade, hand-turned paper story reel performed with spoken word and music — and will be performed at ArtYard in July. Veterans will receive a $100 gift card for their time and participation.

Send your nomination to [email protected]. Please put “Veterans Voices” in the subject line and include the name, town, and a little about your veteran nominee, along with their email address or phone number if you have it. We will be in touch with those nominated to tell them more about the project and what to expect.

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more, please reach out to ask questions at 908-996-5018, ext. 2 or [email protected].