I’ve had a wonderful time attending Veterans on the Move! It was so amazing how you all were able to easily transition to Zoom sessions when COVID-19 was at its peak. I’m physically and mentally stronger after moving and talking with the teaching artists. I've learned so much about myself and what I’m capable of. I feel more confident and more in tune with myself. These sessions have been a source of light and love for me during COVID and aided my mental health recovery. Thank you so much for offering this program! I look forward to attending online sessions in the fall.

Cecily Mathis, Army Vet

Veterans on the Move is a 12 week series of virtual workshops created with the lived experience of veterans and their families. Over the course of 12 weeks, veterans, their families, and service-providers are invited to participate in short –  45 minute –  weekly workshops in dance, music, theatre, visual art, and writing. In recognizing the traumas that can stem from military service, participants will use artistic expression to explore topics such as belonging and hope. The program is funded by the California Arts Council, making it free for all participants

Are you or a loved one a vet? Click here to join our workshops!

To launch Veterans on the Move, Heidi Duckler Dance  commissioned the work of three musicians/composers that have also served in the U.S. military to collaborate on a trailer for the program. These artists are Camellia Akhamie Kies (U.S. Navy Veteran), Steve Pradd (U.S. Air Force Veteran), and Yeti Tears (U.S. Army Veteran). We simply asked each of these artists for a one minute work that spoke to their soul. Without offering them any guidance outside of time length, we received works that spoke of reclamation, trepidation, and liberation. However, as the music changed, the choreography of our dancers remained the same. The purpose of this? To investigate perspective.

How do we see life differently? 

How do we see life similarly? 

What connects us? 

What divides us? 

 

This project is funded in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency. Learn More at arts.ca.gov