Outcomes for Arts Organizations and Communities
Arts organizations partnering with Creative Forces identified key outcomes from their participation in Community Engagement arts programs:
- Increased military cultural competency
- Improved communication with clinical providers
- Improved collaboration among arts organizations
- Increased community awareness of the benefits of the arts
Increased Military Cultural Competency
"This is opening the door to create the access and outreach in our community. We are building a bridge and we are able to serve our military community." - Community Connections partner
Community Connections partners increased their understand and awareness of military culture, and felt better equipped to work with military-connected participants and organizations in the future.
Partners increased their understanding of military culture through training, by developing relationships with military-connected participants, and by working with a local veterans service organization.
"Before this project, we worked with populations experiencing trauma, but not specifically with veterans. Because of our partnership [with Creative Forces] and working with other organizations, we learned more about the military, and we have been able to serve that population."
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Improved Communication with Clinical Providers
“There is a better connection between our clinic providers, and they are providing our information to the community. They are seeing this as a way to help their patients and to get them out of the patient role into the empowered role.” - Community Connections partner
Community Connections partners developed partnerships with military clinics and military service organizations, which built trust. These partnerships and trust helped them create locally relevant outreach and communication methods to participants. They met with clinic personnel and provided direct information to military-connected participants. For example, rather than send fliers to a clinic about workshops, organizations met face-to-face with clinic personnel. These stronger clinic to community relationships increased the number of participants in Community Engagement programs.>
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Improved Collaboration Among Arts Organizations
“From my perspective, there is more cohesion within the community arts organizations. They are working together and are no longer competitive. They are successful when they work collaboratively, and this is boosting their strength.” - Director of a Community Connections partner
Participating in Community Engagement programs changed the way arts organizations interact with one another. As networking, collaboration, and trust grew, partners reported less competition among organizations. Partners recommended other art organizations to participants if they had an interest in a different art experience. Arts partners expanded their networks and created new programs with other organizations serving military-connected participants.
"I think all of our arts partners have a new sense of mission and are energized. –Community Connections Arts PartnerI think all of our arts partners have a new sense of mission and are energized." –Community Connections Arts Partner
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Increased Community Awareness of the Benefits of the Arts
“I believe our community is developing an understanding of the arts and of our military population. Our attendance has continued to grow.” - Director, Community Connections partner
Arts providers reported increased participation and visibility in their local communities because of their work with Creative Forces Community Engagement projects.
“I think the biggest thing is recognizing how valuable the community arts organizations are to service members, their families, and the civilian community. They are bridging the gap and giving our service members and their families a way of telling their story. The arts are an incredible way of doing that. I think this is important to everybody.” — Community Connections Partner