Acting on “the belief that we must talk of war to think of peace,” Forest Park playwright Lisa Rosenthal has launched an initiative, Vet Art Project, to create new art about war. Rosenthal hopes to foster creative partnerships between military veterans and artists in all disciplines, culminating in a public performance at the Chicago Cultural Center’s DCA Theater, 78 E. Washington, on Mon, 2/23/09. VAP is coordinating programs for artists, veterans, and civilian community members over the next few months. A general community outreach workshop takes place Thu 10/16, 7 PM, at the Chicago Public Library Bucktown-Wicker Park Branch, 1701 N. Milwaukee. An orientation session for artists will be held Sat 10/18, 10 AM, at Stage Left Theatre, 3408 N. Sheffield. For more information, go to or call Rosenthal at 708-715-5488.