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Creative Forces: NEA Military Healing Arts Network is a National Endowment for the Arts initiative
Washington's Creative Forces program is supported by The National Endowment for the Arts.

Creative Forces

Brenda MaltzWHAT’S NEW

Meet Brenda Maltz

Art Therapist Brenda Maltz is an employee of the Henry Jackson Foundation, and a member of the NEA: Creative Forces Healing Arts Network. Brenda’s clinical experience with active duty and transitioning military members at Joint Base Lewis McChord is a great asset to help ArtsWA and the WA Department of Veterans Affairs build a model cooperative partnership project supporting Veteran health and wellness through creative arts engagement.



Seeking Vet Corps member to join ArtsWA
Application deadline: July 28, 2021

ArtsWA has been awarded a WA Department of Veterans Affairs/Americorps Vet Corps position for the upcoming service year, September 1st 2021- June 30th 2022. The candidate must apply to join the Vet Corps through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Vet Corps members will be posted to various 10-month assignments across the state, including at ArtsWA.  We are excited  to add a Vet Corps member to the staff to help guide development of future military connected arts programs across Washington. Veterans, spouses, and dependents are eligible to apply to the Vet Corps. Applications are being accepted until July 28, 2021. For more information and to apply visit

Grand opening of Lacey Vet Center/Hub Art Studio
June 16, 2021 – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

You’re invited to the grand opening of the Lacey Vet Center/Hub in-person open art studio June 16th 12-4.  Veterans and families are welcome. The studio will be open the first and third Wednesdays at the Hub/Vet Center beginning July 7th.

Path with Art offering free Veteran art classes
Summer registration open

Path with Art has just opened summer registration for some amazing free Veteran art classes.  These classes are top notch led by professional teaching artists, of which some are also Vets. All Vets and military-connected public are invited. See brochure.


Creative Forces is a program at eleven military hospitals across the country. The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) works in partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and Veterans affairs on this program. The Intrepid Spirit Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s (JBLM) Madigan Army Medical Center is part of this network of medical facilities.

The program helps to treat traumatic brain injury (TBI), PTSD, and other psychological health conditions. It uses creative arts therapies at the core of patient-centered care.

Music Works 4Veterans – 2019 Sound Vet Jam. Photo courtesy of John Stelzer.

ArtsWA works with NEA, DOD, Madigan Army Medical Center, and other partners to support this program. We are working to build a network of community-based programs for current and former patients and their families. This network will help them as they transition from treatment in a clinical setting to arts programming in their community.

Creative Forces mission involves partnerships with community arts organizations near clinical sites  to provide a warm clinic to community transition through the arts. ArtsWA is committed to supporting military connected individuals and families across Washington, as well as the community of artists and arts organizations who provide creative arts opportunities for them.