NEA Presents Virtual Exhibition Featuring Military Service Member and Veteran Artwork

The National Endowment for the Arts proudly presents Creative Forces: Healing the Invisible Wounds of War—an interactive exhibition of visual art, music, and performances by military service members and veterans who are current or former participants in the Creative Forces®: NEA Military Healing Arts Network. The exhibition also includes first-person accounts from the artists about their experiences with creative arts therapies and effects of these treatments on their lives. 

Art Therapy
Dance/Movement Therapy
Music Therapy
Poetry Therapy


Creative Forces: Healing the Invisible Wounds of War was originally organized by the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the National Museum of Health and Medicine, a division of the Defense Health Agency Research and Development Directorate. The exhibit was developed at the request of former Second Lady Karen Pence to commemorate Creative Arts Therapies Week 2020.

“By bringing together the beauty of art, insights from the creative arts therapists, and compelling stories from patients who have been served by Creative Forces, this exhibition is a powerful testament to the positive impact of the arts on people’s lives,” said Ann Eilers, acting chairman for the National Endowment for the Art.

In addition to the artwork, the exhibit features video interviews with several of the participating veterans and creative arts therapists, sharing deeply personal stories about healing from the wartime experience. The exhibition also includes related research, for those who want to further explore the physical, emotional, and social impacts of these treatments.

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