SAN JOSE, CA — The California Arts Council has announced its plans to award $3,000 to Opera San José as part of its Veterans in the Arts program. The Veterans in the Arts program is rooted in the California Arts Council’s desire to address the needs and improve the lives of California’s veterans through the arts.
The program seeks to increase equity, access, and opportunities for veterans to participate in quality arts programming that is sensitive and responsive to their unique experiences. Grants support projects by nonprofit arts organizations, local arts agencies, and veteran’s assistance agencies to reach veterans, active military, and their families.
Opera San José formed its Military Veterans Chorus in October 2016 to present a fundraising concert for local homeless veterans. It found the rehearsals and the performance so enriching that the group decided not to disband after the concert.
Over the two years of its existence, it has performed at retirement homes where veterans live, at Wreaths Across America in military cemeteries, at Honor on the Row for Veterans Day, on the USS Hornet aircraft carrier, and at the Veterans hospital in Menlo Park. It continues to rehearse year round and welcomes newcomers. The group is open to active military personnel, military veterans, spouses and adult children of military veterans, and those who support veterans services. [Read More]