Expanding Arts Partnerships to Serve Military and Veterans

Saturday, June 16, 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm

Creative Forces: The NEA Healing Arts Network serves the unique and special needs of military patients and veterans who have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury and psychological health conditions, as well as their families and caregivers. Creative Forces places creative arts therapies at the core of patient-centered care in 11 military and veteran medical facilities around the country and also supports a telehealth program for patients in rural and remote areas.

Americans for the Arts serves as the administrative partner for Creative Forces, and has been working alongside the NEA with local and state arts agency, military, veterans service, health care, and arts organization partners over the last year to host 10 Creative Forces community summits.  This session dives deep into the lessons learned from these summits about how to develop effective arts and military partnerships in your community.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn how the arts are being used to transform the medical treatment of service members and veterans after traumatic injuries and experiences.
  2. Hear about the Creative Forces program and the various ways it is working to put creative arts therapies at the center of efforts to heal service members, veterans, and their families.
  3. Explore how local arts agencies, state art agencies, and other partners are coming together to make this work possible.


This session is part of the Cross-Sector and Community Partnership sessions.