SocArtVets strives to achieve our mission by creating and producing content that provides military veterans the opportunity to work in a professional artistic environment. We help produce veteran made content from within our organization as well as through partnership with other Veteran Service Organizations. We also partner with the civilian arts community on military themed content in order to provide authenticity to specific projects that require it. We seek to inform audiences about the creative abilities, talents, and invaluable work ethic that veterans have to offer as they seek to transition into the arts.
Society of Artistic Veterans is a non-profit organization based in New York City and is co-founded by military veterans Neath Williams and Tyler La Marr. SocArtVets was created in 2012 and is a membership organization with over 450 military veterans throughout the United States with backgrounds that include film, television, theater, dance, visual arts and writing.
The current military separation programming does not include any guidelines or mentorship for pursuing a career in the arts, SocArtVets is working to change that and provide a much needed resource for transitioning ervice members who are interested and passionate about starting careers in the arts & entertainment industry.
SocArtVets also seeks to bridge the civilian-military divide in showing that just because a man or woman fought for our freedom does not mean they cannot express themselves artistically. On the contrary, the extraordinary circumstances many veterans have experienced during their time in service to our country lends new depth into the artistic community. Veterans have great skill, discipline, and drive which makes them invaluable assets in any professional setting.
Who We Are
Society of Artistic Veterans (SocArtVets) is a non-profit organization, 501(c)3, based in New York City and is currently lead by Executive Director Michael Castelblanco and Co-founder & Creative Director Neath Williams. The Society of Artistic Veterans was officially incorporated in the state of California in 2013, and in New York in 2014. 501 (c ) 3 documentation available upon request.
MICHAEL CASTELBLANCO comes from a military family and he moved to NYC in order to attend graduate school for Urban Planning & International Development at NYU/Wagner School of Public Service. Michael joined the U.S. Marine Corps at age 25 as a Korean linguist. He was served with 3rd Radio Battalion where he deployed to the Philippines as well as Okinawa, Japan before serving with Marine Cryptologic Support Battalion (MCSB), Company B. In total he served eight years active duty and two years in the reserves, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. In addition to being a linguist, he was also trained and certified as an all-source analyst, reporter, and a rifleman coach. Two years ago, he auditioned for a community theater production of "Spring Awakening" and was offered a role as George. That was it and he caught the bug, as they say.
NEATH WILLIAMS is a Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Petty Officer in the United States Navy Reserves (Sept '09-Current) He served on active duty from '99-'09. Neath did three combat tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. (1) '03 Shock Trauma Platoon 10, (2 & 3) Navy Riverine Squadron One (NECC unit) '07, then again late '08-'09. He also worked as leading field corpsman, and brig corpsman at Marine Corps Officer Candidate School, Quantico,VA. Neath was born in southern Illinois, grew up in Houston, TX till age 11, then moved to Bowling Green, KY where he then joined the Navy after high school. Upon his honorable discharge after 10 years of service Neath enrolled at Old Dominion University to pursue his passion for the arts. His experiences on stage at ODU led to his move to New York City the summer of 2010 where he received a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies with focuses in theater arts, international studies, and writing for the stage from Marymount Manhattan College.