LOCAL IMPACT NATIONALLY

After several years of partnering veterans with designers locally in Grand Rapids, MI, [HAS HEART] was determined to create a greater impact throughout the US. [HAS HEART] was on the road from 2017-2019, taking its HERO[series] project concept across the country, partnering a veteran with a designer in every state.

In addition to pairing a veteran with a designer, [HAS HEART] partnered with local creatives to document the powerful collaborative design process through photos, videos, and writing. Once the entire project is completed, the fifty designs, stories, and collaborative processes will be compiled and published into a coffee table book, curated into an art museum exhibit, edited into a documentary film, and produced into a collection of US-made products.

Thus far, the project has reached 39 states, completed 41 projects, has worked with 50 veterans and 123 creatives, and has launched 15 designs. By 2025, [HAS HEART] hopes to visit the remaining 11 states.

EACH PROJECT YIELDS:

50 STATES TOUR PREVIEW EXHIBIT – 2021

[HAS HEART] showcased the first art museum exhibit of the 50 States: Veterans + Artists United working tour at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts in southwest Michigan.

Exhibited from October 22 to December 22nd, 2021, the exhibit featured the first 12 state projects from the yet-to-be-completed tour.

Experience the exhibit virtually:

50 STATES TOUR PROJECT UPDATE – 2019

From July 2017 – January 2019, [HAS HEART] Co-Founder/Creative Director, Tyler Way and Communications Director (and wife/partner), Kendra Clapp Olguín, had been living and working on the road, traveling from state-to-state to partner one Veteran with one artist in all 50 states with the mission to share each Veteran’s story through the mediums of art, design, and fashion.

They made it to 39 states and conducted 41 projects before project funding ran dry. Due to this, [HAS HEART] has had to pause the tour until the needed amount to pay the participants and execute the remaining 11 state projects can be raised. 

Tyler, Kendra, and [HAS HEART] are still fully committed to completing this nationwide mission and encourage any interested partners to CONTACT US to share these Veterans’ stories with the country.

567

DAYS ON
THE ROAD

44,742

MILES
DRIVEN

1,280

HOURS
DRIVEN

2,268

CUPS OF
COFFEE

39

STATES
VISITED

41

PROJECTS
COMPLETED

50

VETERAN
PARTICIPANTS

123

CREATIVE
PARTICIPANTS

11

STATES
TO VISIT

12

PROJECTS
TO DO

17

PROJECTS
LAUNCHED

24

PREPARING
TO LAUNCH

 SUPPORT OUR MISSION 

Your support of any amount will help enable [HAS HEART] to pay a small token of appreciation to state project participants (Veteran, Designer, Photographer, Videographer, Writer) from each project in addition to minimal project costs and basic travel logistics.

It can start with something as simple as donating a cup of coffee to a Veteran participant or buying lunch for the six-member project crew — any level of support will go a long way in supporting [HAS HEART] in sharing a Veteran’s story.

[$141,625 RAISED OF OUR $250,000 GOAL]

 HIGH-RANKING PARTNERS 

Bringing together Veterans, designers, photographers, and videographers is only made possible through the power of collaboration and partnership. In addition to the numerous individuals that become a part of this journey and [HAS HEART] family, we are honored to partner with AIGA – the professional organization for design and their 70+ chapters located across the country.

The apparel partner for the “50 States: Veterans + Artists United” project is military heritage brand, Alpha Industries. Since 1959, Alpha Industries has produced iconic military flight jackets and vests for D.O.D. contracts and has since become an international fashion brand. They will be working alongside [HAS HEART] throughout the duration of the tour to co-produce and distribute the Veterans’ designs and stories, which will be produced and printed in the USA.

The Schultz Family Foundation’s mission is to “Unlock America’s potential, one individual and one community at a time,” and [HAS HEART] couldn’t agree with that more. Having funded two pilot projects (WA and OR) before launching the tour, the SFF have been early supporters since Day 01. [HAS HEART] recently received a second round grant for three additional state projects to impact more individuals and three more communities.

We are incredibly thankful for our growing list of donors, supporters, and partners. 

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.

To learn how you and/or your business can sponsor a state project, CONTACT US for more information.