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The Telling Project

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts, Culture & Humanities

Mission: The Telling Project works to deepen our understanding of the military and veterans’ experience. Greater understanding fosters receptivity, easing veterans’ transitions back to civil society, and allowing communities to benefit from the skills and experience they bring with them. Through this understanding, a community deepens its connection to its veterans, itself, and its place in the nation and the world.

Results: Since 2008, The Telling Project has produced fourteen original performances, put over eighty veterans and family members on stage and performed in twelve states and seventeen cities across the nation. It has been featured by the Associated Press, New York Times, Washington Post, MSNBC, NPR, Inside Higher Ed and others, and supported by the Bob Woodruff Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Library of Congress, The Smithsonian Institution and others.

Target demographics: We work with military veterans and family members and the communities to which they return upon completing their service.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 10,000, including veterans, community members and collaborators

Geographic areas served: All

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Rating: 5

I worked closely with The Telling Project last fall when they joined us for a performance in Washington, DC. The organization I am a part of - ServiceNation - was launching its civilian-military initiative, known as Mission Serve, last Veterans Day. The Telling Project volunteered their services to perform for our audience at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium, sharing the stage with First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, and Mrs. Alma Powell, among others. The cast and crew of The Telling Project were truly a joy to work with. They were professional, flexible, punctual, and extremely competent. Most importantly, however, they were incredibly inspiring. They do such an amazing job of communicating the veteran and military family experience to civilians, which is at the heart of the Mission Serve experience. It was an honor to work with The Telling Project, and I hope to have the opportunity to do so again.