The Veteran Voices Project begin in 2016-17 with a grant from the California Arts Council and resulted in the creation of a collaborative mural, led by Phillip Ray Orabuena, on the East St. side of the Veterans Memorial Building in Downtown Hollister, as well the creation of 5 short films on local veterans’ experiences. This project was a collaboration between the San Benito County Arts Council, the American Legion, VFW and CMAP TV and culminated with a community block party and outdoor film screening in May 2017.
In 2017-18, we have expanded the project to examine the experiences of local Latino veterans by partnering with Frank Perez’s Mexican-American studies class at San Benito High School. Students are interviewing local Latino veterans and writing narratives based on their stories and perspectives. A final book, published with support of a grant awarded to Mr. Perez from the Voices of Witness Project, and a photo exhibition will be shared with the public in Spring 2018. To learn more, please contact us at 831.636.2787 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.