Veterans Initiative for Therapeutic Arts, Inc. is a not for profit corporation that was founded on Independence Day in 2018. Mike Bernicchi and Nate Winkler are both combat veterans who are also artists and art enthusiasts. They saw a void in the community for veterans who wanted constructive and productive ways to bond and enjoy camaraderie with fellow service members beyond a dimly-lit, smokey social hall with stale beer and ideas.
Our goal is to provide the instruction, materials, and the environment to allow veterans to explore creative outlets as a means to cope with the invisible wounds of war. Having a positive impact through art and community outreach will allow VITA to serve a greater purpose and enable our local service men and women the ability to showcase their talents while improving their well-being.