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This Is What We Fought For

The Diversity Council of the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) will host the Veteran Artist Program Arts & Service Celebration culminating events, presented by Warrior Gateway, on November 8 and 9 at the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, FIT, Seventh Avenue and 27th Street, New York City.

This will be the fourth year that FIT has commemorated its veterans by hosting a March of Colors, said the FIT Diversity Council Steering Committee. We are very pleased to also host this years Veteran Artist Program's Arts and Service Celebration. The FIT community has a number of veterans, as well as many employees and students with family members who are veterans. We take special pride in fostering their vision, encouraging their success, and promoting their work.

Reading, Writing & Talking War, an evening of readings with a panel discussion, will take place on Friday, November 8 at 8:00 pm. General admission tickets are $25.00 with scaled ticketing for students and veterans. Students and all other members of the FIT community will be admitted for free. Reading, Writing & Talking War will feature Roxana Robinson, author of Sparta, plus military veteran writers Maurice Decaul, Mariette Kalinowski, J.A. Moad II, and Jake Siegel. The discussion will be moderated by Kara Krauze. After ten years of America at war, our soldiers are returning to civilian life, and civilians are learning about what it meant to fight. What do we need to know about experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan? What stories need to be told? And how do we accept these stories of war as part of American history, American literature and the American dialogue? Tickets are available at www.vap-nyc.org.

Telling Project: NYC "This Is What We Fought For," the culminating event of the Arts & Service Celebration , will take place on Saturday, November 9 at 8:00 pm. This performance by Telling Project: NYC, created by Jonathan Wei and directed by Max Rayneard, features seven professional artists who are also military veterans. Dancer Roman Baca (U.S. Marine Corps); actors Adrienne Brammer (U.S. Air Force), Matthew Thomas Burda (U.S. Air Force), Neath Williams (U.S. Navy) and singers Sandra Lee (U.S. Army), and BR McDonald (U.S. Army) weave their personal stories into a performance. Tickets are available at www.vap-nyc.org. Students and all other members of the FIT community will be admitted for free.

About The Telling Project:
The Telling Project works with communities and organizations to produce "Telling," an innovative performance in which military veterans and their family members, after interviews and subsequent training and rehearsal, stage the 'telling' of their stories for their communities. The Telling Project creates opportunities for veterans to speak and their communities to listen. The Telling Project has performed in 14 cities and 9 states since 2008, putting over 50 veterans and veterans family members on stage to tell their stories of military life to their communities. Http://thetellingproject.org

About Veteran Artist Program:
Founded in 2009, VAP focuses on propelling veterans into the mainstream creative arts community through networking, mentorship, collaborations and original productions. VAP fosters and promotes veterans in the arts by encouraging them to pursue their passion in an intentional way. Since 2009, VAP has worked with veterans and organizations in Baltimore, Washington, DC, Chicago, Orlando, San Diego, San Francisco and New York. VAP has produced five music/theatrical live events, filmed two documentaries, one feature film, curated gallery exhibits, provided videography/photography services, and helped organize more than 30 community improvement projects, including painting two murals in Baltimore. For more information visit: www.veteranartistprogram.org.

About Warrior Gateway:
Founded in 2009, Warrior Gateway connects service members, military families, wounded warriors, families of the fallen and our nation's veterans with government and non-profit programs in their local community. Warrior Gateway harnesses state-of-the art technology and community collaboration to help today's military community make better decisions about what service provider they can go to for help. Their programs provide a public forum where people can share their experiences about the quality and effectiveness of those services. In 2011, Warrior Gateways efforts were recognized with the Federal Computer Week Fed-100 award for significant contributions to the Federal IT community and in 2012 with a ComputerWorld Honors Laureate for our innovation in creating an open-source platform for information sharing. A proud partner of the Got Your 6 campaign, Warrior Gateway works to bridge the civilian-military divide with non-profit and government partners. Warrior Gateway is an IRS registered 501(c)3 organization. For more information, please visit: www.warriorgateway.org

About FIT:
The FIT Diversity Council is an advisory group that assists the president and the affirmative action officer in matters concerning discrimination, equal education access, and employment opportunities, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, disability, or sexual orientation. The council fosters a climate of inclusion within the campus community, and promotes understanding of and respect for each of its members. The council encourages personal development and growth, helping individuals to achieve their potential through diverse relations in the community. Visit www.fitnyc.edu/diversity

The Fashion Institute of Technology, a college of the State University of New York, has been a leader in career education in art, design, business, and technology for nearly 70 years. Providing students with a singular blend of hands-on, practical experience, classroom study, and a firm grounding in the liberal arts, FIT offers a wide range of outstanding programs that are affordable and relevant to today's rapidly changing industries. FIT draws on its New York City location to provide a vibrant, creative community in which to learn. The college offers more than 45 majors and grants AAS, BFA, BS, MA, MFA, and MPS degrees, preparing students for professional success and leadership in the global marketplace.