Project HOPE

A Student and Veteran Art Collaboration to Honor Texas Soldiers


Project HOPE is a series of events honoring Texas’ 36th Infantry Division who fought to liberate Paestum and southern Italy from the Nazi regime during World War II. This partnership supports art, cultural exchange, and travel for local students and veterans. It helps students learn and reinforce with veterans the importance the Texas military has played in securing our liberties as well as contributing to continued good will and cultural exchange between Texas and southern Italy.

This international artwork collaboration will focus on hope, peace, freedom, brotherhood, democracy, tolerance and inclusion. The project has three major phases: Phase I: Through February 2023 – Official solicitation of student and veteran artwork. Phase II: March 2023 – Exhibition of all artists’ entries with Awards Presentation and Concert at Hill Country Galleria Amphitheater located in Bee Cave, TX. Phase III: Selected artworks will be exhibited in Paestum, Italy and permanently integrated into a 30-foot sculpture designed by Italian artist Franco Palmentieri. Winning artists will attend the 80th anniversary of “Operation Avalanche” in Paestum, Italy to witness the dedication and unveiling of the sculpture to honor our Texas military.