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[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

[HAS HEART] is partnering with Alpha Industries, an American military heritage brand founded in 1959, to produce a capsule collection featuring the designs from the 50 States: Veterans + Artists United working tour. All of the products are printed and/or Made in the USA, with 25% of the proceeds going directly to the Veteran who designed them with their artist partner.

Scroll below to view the current offering of shirts and patches, and click to purchase them online at www.alphaindustries.com. Don’t miss any future releases — subscribe to our email newsletter to be notified of the latest designs and special releases yet to come.

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We believe in the mantra, “Many hands make light work,” and for a nimble, grassroots nonprofit organization, this is an essential truth. There are a handful of ways you can support this mission: Shop Online, Donate, Fundraise, Sponsor, and Participate:

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[HAS HEART] GREETING CARDS

For help when it’s difficult to know what to say, [HAS HEART] has partnered with Michigan-based greeting card company, Design-Design to create a line of greeting cards (made in Grand Rapids, MI) to help our fellow Americans share their support for those who served.

OUR JOURNEY: [HAS HEART] HALLOWEEN

One day while we stayed in a Target parking lot between state stops, Kendra bought a faux pumpkin along with some acrylic paints and brushes to bring a little Fall feeling to our Airstream — [HAS HEART] edition, of course!

OUR JOURNEY: A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP

As amazing as it is living and working on the road, it can be quite exhausting. Living in an Airstream makes you think about things you may have taken for granted previously: location to sleep/where to park the trailer, water consumption, water waste, electricity, waste disposal – aka the stinky stuff. One thing we don’t have to worry about anymore is if we’ll be getting a good night’s sleep.

OUR JOURNEY: PLANNING THE IMPOSSIBLE

Planning and executing a fifty-state tour doesn’t just happen overnight. This concept was brewing for almost two years and required a handful of life changes to prepare for this dramatic lifestyle change. And even then, it came together last minute with a few miracles and a handful of incredible people making it possible along the way.

ALPHA INDUSTRIES x [HAS HEART]

[HAS HEART] is proud, honored, and excited to officially announce our apparel partnership with American military heritage brand, Alpha Industries.

ABOUT US: KENDRA + TYLER

When Tyler approached me about the 50 States: Veterans + Artists United tour, I was a little hesitant. The thought of leaving my family for two years while living in a 200 square-foot box obviously was intimidating.

ARTPRIZE 2017 EXHIBIT: TOP-5 NOMINATED

ArtPrize 2017 is underway at our home base of Grand Rapids, MI — marking our 6th annual HERO[series] exhibit and pop-up shop. Within the first week of it opening, it was selected as a Top-5 entry within the 2-Dimensional category as part of ArtPrize’s Juror-Selected “Short List.”

STARBUCKS x HAS HEART POP-UP SHOP

[HAS HEART] + Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room have collaborated for a special “Handpicked at the Roastery” pop-up shop featuring the design and artwork of U.S. Veterans from across the country from Sept 12-early November.

50 STATES: TOUR SCHEDULE

We’re taking our HERO[series] concept on the road to partner a Veteran with a graphic designer in all 50 states with the shared mission to tell their story through the mediums of art, design, and fashion. Find the state project nearest you… We’ll see you on the road!

CREATIVE MORNINGS TALK

For millions of Veterans, survival was more than just a “theme” but rather a life or death lifestyle, literally, that they had to adopt while deployed.

On the contrary, for creatives, survival has a much different connotation with much, much less severe consequences.

SPONSORS + PARTNERS

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.