Military Appreciation Month!

In honor of Military Appreciation Month, CreatiVets is launching a fundraising campaign to send two combat veterans through our Intro to Art for Veterans course at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago this summer, and we need your help!  

Now in its third year, this life-changing course is a three week art program that teaches combat veterans struggling with PTSD and/or traumatic brain injury to use conceptual-based art to heal their unseen wounds of war.  The veterans learn how to use various art forms, including ceramics, painting, and photography, to foster self-expression and develop tools they can use for the rest of their lives to combat stress, depression, and other side effects of war. The program, which includes all expenses for a class of 9 veterans at one of the top art schools in the country, is designed and led by combat veterans to provide the most effective and impactful experience for veterans struggling with the invisible wounds of war.  It also introduces veterans to the college experience in an all-veteran environment that makes them comfortable and enables them to see their own capacity for success in an arena outside the battlefield.  After the program, the veterans’ artwork is featured in a gallery showing at SAIC and is also featured in an exhibit at the National Veterans Art Museum.

All of the funds raised in this fundraiser will be used to cover the program costs for two (or more!) veterans, including travel, tuition, lodging, food, and art supplies.  Every dollar helps, so please consider making a donation that could truly save and transform a veteran’s life.  If you donate in honor of an active service member or veteran, we’ll recognize his or her name on social media accounts (and please consider providing details about his or her service that we can share with our followers!).  

Our fundraising goal is $10,000, and we’ll keep you updated through our fundraising tracker so you can see how close we are to reaching the goal!  

Thank you for your support of CreatiVets and the heroes we serve.

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  • It's hard to express in words how I felt after that experience, but I know I let go of something deep and feel that this experience is going to allow me to maintain that positive attitude while giving me the courage to live a meaningful life with my children.
    — Veteran Participant, Art Program
  • One day in the session did more for me than months of therapy.
    — Veteran
  • He continues to play this song on a daily basis. This was able to help him not only during the trip and in the days after but that he will now have something he can play during times when he is struggling. In that sense, the song has provided another avenue of healing.
    — Wife of a Veteran
  • The song allows m to convey a message held deep within and allows my loved ones to see a part of me they never have understood.
    — Veteran

CreatiVets currently offers veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) with two program opportunities - a songwriting program that pairs the veteran with accomplished songwriters in Nashville, TN to write a song that creatively expresses their story, and a three week art program with The School of the Art Institute (SAIC) in Chicago, IL where the veteran learns ceramics, painting and photography.

Through these programs, veterans learn the benefits of using art and music as a form of stress and anxiety relief.  They also create incredible artwork and songs that enable the veteran to tell his or her story in a way that creates something beautiful out of something tragic. In addition to the veteran participant's healing, other veterans, family members and members of the general public that listen to these songs and view these art pieces are able to connect with and relate to these experiences in ways that also promote their own healing and understanding.  

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Every day CreatiVets is working to provide healing opportunities for veterans in need and empower them with tools to cope with the unseen wounds of war and we need your help to do it!




Partners We Work With

We are so grateful for all of the support that makes our programs possible.  A special thanks to: