Explore veteran artwork and perspectives, as well as related research, on how creative arts therapies can provide a pathway to healing from wartime trauma.
The works of art you will encounter in this exhibit began as a blank paper mache mask, canvas, piece of paper, or raw material such as wood, sand, clay, steel, fabric, and leather. They began as a drum beat, music note, or first strum on the guitar; or as a word, movement, or memory. This blank mask represents where many of these service members and veterans began in treatment: contemplating their identities and how their wartime experiences have shaped and continue to shape their lives. Through creative arts therapies treatment, service members and veterans from across the Creative Forces Network are given the materials needed to begin making meaning of those experiences. As evidenced by this exhibit, some continue engaging in the arts when treatment ends as a means to further their investigation into the things that matter most in their journeys forward.
Improved PTSD Symptom Awareness
Improved social interaction
Improve Ability to Experience Hope and Gratification
The song lyrics are reflective of the author coming out of the darkness of injury and discovering the light of recovery, which cast a new perspective on his life.
Learn how creative arts therapies can improve awareness and tolerance of symptoms such as hypervigilance, pain, and stress.
Learn how creative arts therapies can help reduce isolation and stigma through meaningful interaction with others and improved communication with family, peers, and providers.
Learn how creative arts therapies can foster the ability to experience hope and gratification, and build increased confidence through strengths-based rehabilitation.