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Arts and Military

One of the programs that keeps us particularly busy at the National Endowment for the Arts is Creative Forces: NEA Military Healing Arts Network . This is our partnership with the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs that places creative arts therapies at the core of patient-centered care...
When Kathy Roth-Douquet, the CEO of Blue Star Families, first approached the NEA about partnering on a program to show appreciation for military families, she expected that the program would take place over one weekend each summer. What she didn’t expect was that the proposed program, Blue Star...
The best way to learn about any program is to hear directly from participants. We’ve included a roundup of quotes below from people who have participated in Creative Forces: NEA Military Healing Arts Network , either as a patient, therapist, administrator, or researcher. Click on the links to read...
Jill Sonke is the director of the Center for Arts in Medicine at the University of Florida in Gainesville. The center advances the field of arts in health through education, research, and outreach. It is also includes a creative arts therapy program that takes veteran’s care in new directions by...
The masks pictured above have become one of the enduring images of how service members are working with creative arts therapists to heal the unseen wounds of war. To see the masks is to “see” the very real impact of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) and...
Two years ago Creative Forces Music Therapist Rebecca Vaudreuil met Master Sergeant Michael Schneider at Walter Reed Medical Center. Newly retired from military service, Schneider was still in treatment for injuries he had suffered during deployment, including traumatic brain injury and PTSD. In...
Learn how music therapy is bringing healing to military service members and veterans.
“Recovery happens only in community.” — Jonathan Shay, clinical psychiatrist and author known for his treatment of combat trauma suffered by Vietnam veterans Today, the National Endowment for the Arts unveils an expanded partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense called Creative Forces: NEA...
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