[HAS HEART] is a Michigan-based nonprofit organization established by 8-year U.S. Navy Veteran, Michael Hyacinthe and artist/designer, Tyler Way. Originally united over a cup of coffee in 2010, they quickly discovered the disconnect between their two worlds.
They realized the power of the creative process once Michael met a local quadriplegic Marine who loved t-shirts and asked Tyler to co-create a design that shared his story. Since then, the HERO[series] has continued to pair Veterans with designers for the shared mission to tell their story through the mediums of art, design, and fashion.
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“Without their sacrifice, there is no freedom of…”
“BY SHARING YOUR STORY WITH AN ARTIST,
IT BECOMES SOMETHING CREATIVE…
THE DESIGN IS A PIECE OF YOU, AND BY RELEASING IT,
YOU WILL HOPEFULLY BE IMPACTING OTHERS.”
-Monique Brown, Veteran
“ALL VETERANS HAVE A STORY TO TELL.
DESIGNERS SHOULD USE THEIR ABILITY TO TELL THEIR STORIES,
TO CREATE, AND TO BE ABLE TO START A CONVERSATION.”
-Victor Melendez, Designer
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PARTNERS + SPONSORS
We are incredibly thankful for our growing list of donors, sponsors, and partners. To learn how you and/or your business can sponsor a state project, EMAIL US for more information.
We’ve made an ambitious commitment to impact more Veterans, engage more creatives, and reach more civilians through our “50 States: Veterans + Artists United” working tour. To make it happen, we’re searching for like-minded individuals, businesses, brands, and corporations that share our passion for Veterans and the creative arts.