At the Patriot Art Foundation our mission is to serve veterans though the transformative powers of art. Via our volunteer teachers and mentors, our partnership with the VA, and through generous private donations, we are able to change the future wellbeing of many veterans.

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Why We Matter:

  • According to the VA nearly 4 million veterans ages 21-64 report having a disability.
  • Engaging in the creative arts has proven to improve the perceived physical and psychological health of participants.
  • Research suggests that art therapy programs, when engaged early, lessen the risk of developing greater PTSD severity later on.
  • Our programs provide free education and materials to veterans seeking to use art as a pathway to a healthier and more meaningful life.

Your Donation Provides:

  • Free Online Art Classes through VA Hospitals
  • Free Art Supplies for Veterans
  • Free Recorded Art Instruction for Veterans thr0ugh our Online Library
  • Free Podcasts
  • Free Hands-On Classes for Veterans

Support the Patriot Art Foundation with your donation


Your $50,000 donation sponsors 1 six week online art course for 250,000 veterans


Your $25,000 donation sponsors the annual Veterans Day Yorktown event


Your $10,000 donation sponsors 7 VA Zoom art classes


Your $5,000 donation sponsors 1 podcast


Your $1,500 donation sponsors art supplies for 10 veterans


Your $150 donation sponsors art supplies for 1 veteran


Other amount

Checks in any amount to support the foundation and its mission can be made to:

Patriot Art Foundation
P.O. Box 30456
Charleston, SC 29417
(a non profit 501C3)

Thank you for your donation!

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Order your autographed copy of the hard cover book, WE THE PEOPLE: Portraits of Veterans in America,
by Mary Whyte. 100% of the royalties benefit the PAF.

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Positive Impact of Art“Thank you for what you are doing. Learning how to paint has given me my life back.” - Zach H., Veteran

Join UsVolunteer Art Instructors and Mentors

In 2019, Mary Whyte’s groundbreaking traveling exhibition of 50 watercolors called We the People: Portraits of Veterans in America opened to the public in Charleston, South Carolina. In the first six weeks alone over 22,000 people viewed the collection. The response, especially from veterans, confirmed Whyte’s belief in art’s extraordinary power to communicate and connect. And so, what began as fifty portraits turned into a national mission giving veterans a means of finding whole health through art and self expression.

If you have a heart for veterans, art and teaching, contact Nicki Marquez, Program Administrator:

The Patriot Art PodcastWith Mary Whyte

Founder, Mary Whyte shares the vision of the Patriot Art Foundation and its mission to help Veterans tell their stories through art.

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