VetArtSpan: Building a unified community of support for veterans and their families

This pARTnership unites ArtThread with The Straz Center for the Performing Arts to present VetArtSpan. This unique program demonstrates an artistic roadmap that bridges the collaborative efforts of the medical, science, and creative communities, all in support of the healing, wellness, and reintegration of our veteran citizens and their families. VetArtSpan creates a platform for connecting and informing the civilian population about the structure and cultural nuances of military life and the important way the civilian community can support and enrich the reintegration of our veterans and their families as they return home to their neighborhoods. The ArtThread team produced all the audio and visual media and built the VetArtSpan website.

VetArtSpan is part of Creative Forces®: NEA Military Healing Arts Network, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts.

The VetArtSpan Project is designed to provide a forum to:

  • Bridge the expanse of health, art and the collaborative efforts of the science, medical and arts communities in support of the wellness, healing and re-integration of our veteran citizens and their families.
  • Expand and connect the network of veteran service organizations, arts organizations and the general community in an effort to provide links that serve to ease the veteran pathway of re-integration to civilian life and general understanding and support of both our active duty and veteran community members.
  • Serve as a forum for authentic storytelling and the sharing of the “Veteran Experience” from the perspective of the veteran, family members and those, both artists and therapists, who serve in the care and rehabilitation of our veteran citizens.
  • Enrich the community’s understanding of the structure and nuances of military life through the presentation of a Military Cultural Competency curriculum designed to give an overview of the basics of military history, structure and culture.
  • Celebrate and amplify the civilian community through the presentation of performance, gallery showings of visual art and broadcast programming.
  • Create a replicable model that uses art, on-line podcast conversation, a website informational format and in-theater presentation as a foundation for empowering our veteran community, informing our civilian community so they can more clearly understand the military experience and support our veterans and link veteran arts therapeutic service providers with community arts organizations.

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