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The Brush Warrior Project

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Through Mayee's entrepreneurial initiative, the Picerne Family Foundation awarded her a one-year grant to teach Chinese Brush Painting to the retired, elderly-care residents of the Veteran’s Home of California, West Los Angeles.

U.S. military veterans served and fought to protect our rights, freedoms, and sovereignty. As a Filipino-American immigrant, I experienced first-hand the ways in which U.S. military veterans have helped save and change lives around the world. I have deep respect and gratitude for the broad and lasting impact they have made throughout history to ensure global peace and security.

California is among the top three U.S. states by the number of veterans. While Los Angeles County is home to the most veterans in California, there are very few community arts programs led by professional artists focused on veterans.

As a community arts educator, my mission is to share the life-long benefits and enjoyment of Chinese Brush Painting with people of all ages, backgrounds, and life stages.

One of my long-standing goals has been to share my skills, talents, and expertise with our aging and disabled veterans who are a vital and underserved population.

Chinese Brush Painting is founded on the ideas that all of nature and humankind are one in substance and that every element in brush painting represents the highest and best human virtues.

I resonate with CalVet’s mission “ serve and honor California veterans by connecting them and their families with their earned benefits through education, advocacy, and direct services.”

About Picerne


The Foundation’s mission is to develop and support innovative programs that provide opportunities for individuals to increase their abilities, knowledge, talent and understanding in ways that will help them better contribute to creating active and healthy communities. 

The Foundation focuses support on education, the arts, health, the elderly, mental health, promoting equity, affordable housing and the environment.


To that end, the Foundation creates and manages unique programs such as The Artist Outreach Project and the Global Sustainability Project. The Foundation also supports other nonprofit organizations with highly engaged grantmaking through the Social Entrepreneurial Fund, Vision Initiatives Program and the Giving Back Program.

About CalVet

A part of the California Department of Veterans Affairs, the Veterans Home of California-West Los Angeles is a 396-bed, state-of-the-art, long-term healthcare facility offering multiple levels of care to California veterans in the greater Los Angeles area and surrounding regions. Nestled on the grounds of the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration, the Home offers a home-like atmosphere with picturesque views of the Santa Monica mountains and Santa Catalina Island on a clear day.


Opened in September 2010, the Home is a licensed Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE-Assisted Living) which provides residents at this level of care with 24-hour supervision, help with medication management, clinical dietary services, and support for daily needs.


The Home also offers Skilled Nursing Care (SNF), which provides residents with the same services as Assisted Living, with 24-hour services from licensed and certified medical staff.​

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