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November 12, 2019 Executive Director’s Letter

Yesterday was Veteran’s Day, and what better time to talk about the many ways in which arts and the military are connecting? Creative Forces: NEA Military Healing Arts Network is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the U.S. Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs and the state and local arts agencies that serve the special needs of military patients and veterans with traumatic brain injury and psychological health conditions, as well as their families and caregivers.

The program places creative arts therapies at the core of patient-centered care at 11 clinical sites throughout the country, plus a telehealth program, and increases access to community arts activities to promote health, wellness and quality of life for military service members, veterans, and their families and caregivers. Administrative support for Creative Forces is provided by Americans for the Arts.

The program has three components:

  • CLINICAL—Creative Forces is placing creative arts therapies at the core of patient-centered care at 11 military medical facilities, as well as a telehealth program for patients in rural and remote areas. In clinical settings, creative arts therapists provide art, music, and dance/movement therapies, as well as creative writing instruction, for military patients and veterans.
  • COMMUNITY—Creative Forces provides increased community-based arts opportunities for military and veteran family populations around clinical site locations. 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.
  • CAPACITY—Creative Forces invests in capacity-building efforts, including the development of toolkits, training materials, and other resources to support best practices in serving the target populations. In addition, Creative Forces is investing in research on the impacts and benefits—physical, emotional, economic—of these innovative treatment methods. (Source: NEA Website)

Right here in Baltimore, the Institute for Integrated Health provides an array of programs and services through Vet Arts Connect. More and more, the ways in which arts can promote healing are being appreciated and understood.

You are invited to join your friends at GBCA for our annual holiday party on Monday, December 16. The party will take place at GBCA offices in the Motor House. It’s always great fun with a big crowd, so we hope you will join us for the festivities. You can reserve your tickets here.

Calling all artists! If you are interested in creating a Baker Artist Portfolio, this is your last week to attend an information session. The good news is that there are six sessions scheduled at a variety of locations. Find out where and when here.

Best,

Jeannie

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