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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

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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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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.

OUR STORY – PART IV: 50 STATES

After five years of annual HERO[series] design projects, [HAS HEART] has been able to refine the Veteran and artist collaboration process into a streamlined, efficient two-day design process — making it easily repeatable over and over again in order to impact more Veterans, engage more creatives, and reach more civilians…

OUR STORY – PART III: HERO[SERIES]

Since that first project in 2011 when Tyler literally and figuratively became the creative arms and hands of a quadriplegic U.S. Marine, both he and Michael knew they had a new mission and duty to continue sharing Veterans stories through this powerful collaborative outlet.

OUR STORY – PART II: THE MARINE

Not long after their initial meeting, Hyacinthe met a local U.S. Marine who was paralyzed from the neck-down and lost his ability to speak due to injuries suffered in Iraq. Once he learned of the Marine’s love of t-shirts from his full-time nurse, Hyacinthe called Way and asked if he’d be interested in helping create a t-shirt design with the Marine…

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.