Creative Forces: NEA Military Healing Arts Network

Community Network

Two men in a metalworking workshop working together to shape a hot piece of metal

Photo by Jeremy Todd/NEA

Around the Creative Forces clinical sites, the NEA is creating a community-based military and veteran family support network to provide increased arts opportunities for military and veteran families. These networks will extend support for current and former creative arts therapies patients and their families as they transition from treatment in a clinical setting to arts programming in their community. Community networks will include:

  • State and Local Arts Agencies
  • Community Arts Programs
  • Veterans Networks
  • Military Family Support Networks
  • Individual Artists

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As part of their participation in Creative Forces, state arts agencies around the country will work with local partners to host summits to bring together the military and arts communities:

Joint Expeditionary Base, VA June 15, 2017
Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA Sept. 27-28, 2017
McDill/James A. Haley VA Hospital, FL Oct. 23-24, 2017
Camp Pendleton, CA Dec. 7, 2017
Fort Hood, TX Jan. 29-30, 2018
Fort Carson, CO Feb. 15-16, 2018
Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, AK February 21-22, 2018
Camp Lejeune, NC March 10, 2018
National Capital Region  May 14-15, 2018