Creative Forces Summit

September 26, 2017 - Museum of Glass

  • Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland
    Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland
  • Col. Beverly Scott, Director, Intrepid Spirit Program, Madigan Army Medical Center
    Col. Beverly Scott, Director, Intrepid Spirit Program, Madigan Army Medical Center
  • Morning panel - Building Capacity: Getting from Clinical to Community
    Morning panel - Building Capacity: Getting from Clinical to Community
  • Artist and Veteran Jeffrey Stenbom, Keynote Speaker
    Artist and Veteran Jeffrey Stenbom, Keynote Speaker
  • Bill O'Brien, Senior Advisor for Innovation, National Endowment for the Arts
    Bill O'Brien, Senior Advisor for Innovation, National Endowment for the Arts
  • Afternoon panel - Finding and Funding Community Resources
    Afternoon panel - Finding and Funding Community Resources
  • Music YouU Jam
    Music YouU Jam
  • John Selzler - The Role of Music Therapy for Continuum of Care in Military Communities
    John Selzler - The Role of Music Therapy for Continuum of Care in Military Communities
  • The Blessing of Creativity - Matthew Griffin, Co-Founder, Combat Flip Flops
    The Blessing of Creativity - Matthew Griffin, Co-Founder, Combat Flip Flops
  • Shakespeare for Veterans - Amy Erickson
    Shakespeare for Veterans - Amy Erickson
  • Debbie Simpson - Battling PTSD with Dance
    Debbie Simpson - Battling PTSD with Dance
  • Finding My Voice, Steven Markussen, Artist and Veteran
    Finding My Voice, Steven Markussen, Artist and Veteran
  • Greg Owen - Hotshop Heroes: Healing with Fire Demonstration
    Greg Owen - Hotshop Heroes: Healing with Fire Demonstration
  • Gen. Nolen Bivens - Closing Remarks
    Gen. Nolen Bivens - Closing Remarks
Governor Jay Inslee welcoming remarks - Creative Forces Summit
Senator Patty Murray remarks for the Creative Forces Summit

Collaborating with Americans for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, ArtsWA hosted the first Creative Forces Summit in Washington State on September 26, 2017 at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma. Creative Forces is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in partnership with the U.S. Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. The partnership places creative arts therapies at the core of patient-centered care at 11 military medical
facilities across the country. Madigan Army Medical Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord is one of the medical facilities in the network.

The purpose of the summit was to gather interested individuals and organizations from the local arts community and the military to increase access to therapeutic arts activities for military personnel, veterans, and their families around Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The summit was planned by an ad hoc Creative Forces Summit Organizing Committee comprised of representatives from arts organizations, artists, creative therapists, and state agencies.


Creative Forces Summit Press Release

Creative Forces Summit Program

Creative Forces Summit Organizing Committee


TVW Videos

Video - Welcoming remarks and keynote speech by Jeffrey Stenbom

Video - Remarks by Col. Beverly Scott, Director of the Madigan Army Medical Center, TBI/Intrepid Spirit Program; and morning session (panel) discussion on "Building Capacity - Getting from Clinical to Community

Video - Afternoon panel on "Finding and Funding Community Resources." Panel moderated by Karen Hanan, ArtsWA Executive Director. Panel members include (l-r) Ken Ristine, Ben B. Cheney Foundation; Debra Twersky, 4Culture; Huong Vu, The Boeing Company; Bill O'Brien, National Endowment for the Arts.


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