In November 2016, Jeff Parker and Cameron Melville, the philanthropic cousins who co-own The Vortex in Los Angeles, opened onelove in New Orleans, a community center with comfortable living quarters for visiting artists. Accommodations are provided at no charge to artist-veterans who want to experience the rich culture of New Orleans, immerse themselves in the surrounding neighborhoods, and create art or art therapy for the community. HomeFront Rising manages artist residencies for veterans at onelove, and is developing similar programs at other locations nationwide. Click here to apply for an artist residency in New Orleans.
Marine veteran Melvin Ishmael Johnson has been awarded the first residency. Melvin runs the Veterans Community Theater Workshop, which trains veterans to work as stage managers in the Los Angles theater community. He also is leading our development of a full-scale Veterans Community Theater Company based on the Community Theater Model and NESONA Model, which merges the arts with anti-violence strategies and conflict resolution.
A 3-bedroom house stands in the center of a very private 38-acre parcel with farm fencing, a chicken coop and an irrigated garden. The property also includes a generator, well and 1000-gallon water storage tank. Carolyne is currently pursuing a degree in Integrative Health, and is overseeing our emerging veterans community. She is also recruiting other musicians who have a passion for sustainable agriculture, culinary arts and healing, to help establish similar projects nationwide.