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Explore the National Resource Center to access the tools needed to enhance the lives of service members, veterans, their families, and caregivers through the arts.
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The impact of healing through the arts is measurable and momentous. The Creative Forces network is committed to improving the well-being of service members, veterans, and their families through creativity and community.
Creative Forces Artwork
Discover representative artwork created by Creative Forces participants.
Find information and tools for engaging with the military through the arts in these curated collections of resources from the Creative Forces Resource Library.
The impacts of the healing arts are highly personal. The benefits of building community and expressing creativity are seen every day in the improved well-being of our participants. Read the National Endowment for the Arts’ collection of Veterans’ Voices stories.
When I take ukulele and guitar lessons with the Creative Forces Veterans Workshops I feel like I'm doing something important. I know that it's improving the connection between my mind and body. I know that it's improving my spirit and my mood. And while it has always increased my sense of community, it does so now more than ever."- D.G., veteran, U.S. Army
I used music to bypass the injured sections of my brain and to stimulate other pathways in my healing process.”- Michael Schneider
Art and music are very soothing activities which keep our minds and hands busy, thus relieving some tension and allowing us to open up to some other topics.”- Marcie McCammond
Music provides a buffer zone where I can feel more comfortable sharing things with others that are difficult to discuss in conversation.”- Anthony Mannino