CreatiVets' mission is to provide combat veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury with opportunities to use art, music, and creative writing to heal their unseen wounds of war. Our goal is to empower veterans with tools they can use for the rest of their lives and enable them to see their own capacity for success in an arena outside the battlefield.
We are thrilled to share with you a video from our first “Intro to Art for Veterans” course at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Eight veterans attended this three week program in June, and it was a tremendous success. The support we received from VCU, the art and veteran communities in Virginia, and from our generous sponsors and donors, are what helped make this program not only possible, and we are so thankful. Thank you also to our incredible veteran participants!
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 either The School of the Art Institute (SAIC) in Chicago, IL or Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, VA 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: