SEEING THE FOREST FOR THE TREES: USING A LOGIC MODEL TO CREATE CLARITY
Creative Forces’® National Resource Center presented Seeing the Forest for the Trees: Using a Logic Model to Create Clarity, a webinar that featured an introduction to logic models—what are they and why they are important for community arts organizations on May 28, 2022. The webinar used the Creative Forces Community Engagement logic model to familiarize participants with the elements of a logic model, ways to use a logic model, and why logic models are increasingly important for organizations delivering military arts and health programs. The webinar also discussed recent monitoring and evaluation work completed by Art Spark Texas and So Say We All.
Featured speakers: Hannah Jacobson Blumenfeld, Community Engagement Manager for Creative Forces; Kelly Feltault, PhD, Metrics and Evaluation Manager for Community Engagement, Creative Forces; Celia Hughes, Executive Director, Art Spark Texas; April Sullivan, Director of Programs, Art Spark Texas; Denise Knebel, Chief Master Sergeant, Retired, US Air Force and Program Manager, Teaching Artist, Art Spark Texas; Justin Hudnall, Executive Director, So Say We All; Jennifer D. Corley, Program Director, So Say We All; Taylor Funderburk, Board Chair, So Say We All and Research and Program Associate, The Nonprofit Institute at University of San Diego.
The webinar featured NEA Director of Research & Analysis Sunil Iyengar and Creative Forces Clinical Research Director Donna Betts leading a discussion with investigators of new art therapy and music therapy studies. These studies are being supported by the Creative Forces: NEA Military Healing Arts Network. The webinar included a panel of investigators representing the four studies: Dr. Joke Bradt, Drexel University; Dr. Anjan Chatterjee, University of Pennsylvania; Dr. Maya Story, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; and Dr. John Williamson, University of Florida.
An inventory of Creative Forces published research and scholarly manuscripts as of January 2022 prepared by Donna Betts, Clinical Research Advisor. Each article includes the open access link for each article.
INSIGHTS ON HOW TO SERVE MILITARY AND VETERAN POPULATIONS
Creative Forces®: NEA Military Healing Arts Network presented a webinar on November 10, 2022 exploring the unique experiences, challenges, and strengths of military-connected populations, and the role of creative arts programming in serving these individuals.
Hear from the authors of two upcoming Creative Forces-associated publications on this topic as they discuss support strategies ranging from clinically-based therapy interventions that address physical, emotional, and social needs to community-based engagement activities designed to promote social connection, resilience, creative expression, independence, and successful adaptation to civilian life.
This webinar was presented on October 27, 2022 and featured artists, veterans, and state, local, and community arts organization representatives—all associated with Creative Forces Community Connections projects—on their experiences using collaboration and targeted outreach strategies in their programming to advance health, well-being, and quality of life for military-connected populations exposed to trauma. This webinar included a panel representing three Creative Forces® Community Connections projects from ArtsWa, the Jacksonville-Onslow Council for the Arts, and the Straz Center for the Performing Arts.
Since Veterans and the Arts initiative began in 2014, it has served over 10,000 people—developing robust workshops in music and art as well as performances and events for the community. In this podcast, Niyati Dhokai discusses the unique aspects of programming for veterans, service members, and their families, the very concrete ways art creates community, how the program continues to evolve, and the support and resources Veterans and the Arts has received from Creatives Forces.
This webinar was presented on October 13, 2021 by The National Endowment for the Arts, in partnership with Mid-America Arts Alliance, to support the launch of a new grant program as part of Creative Forces®: NEA Military Healing Arts Network.
The Creative Forces Community Engagement Grants will support community-based arts programming for military-connected populations, providing opportunities for creative expression while building connections and improving resiliency. Creative Forces is an NEA initiative in partnership with the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs which seeks to improve the health, well-being, and quality of life for military and veteran populations exposed to trauma, as well as their families and caregivers. The deadline to apply for these grants is December 15, 2021.