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.
UPCOMING EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
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 https://bit.ly/2Q5chHt.
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.
ABOUT CREATIVE FORCES
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.
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.
How did the Creative Forces Program Start?
The Creative Forces program began in 2011 at National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) Walter Reed, MD. In 2016, Congress funded the expansion of this military healing arts program to the following military facilities:
- Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson | Anchorage, Alaska
- Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | Oceanside, California
- National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center | Bethesda, Maryland
- Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune | Jacksonville, North Carolina
- Fort Hood – Killeen, Texas
- Fort Belvoir Community Hospital | Fort Belvoir, Virginia
- Madigan Army Medical Center | Tacoma, Washington
- Joint Expeditionary Base I Little Creek, Virginia
- Fort Campbell | Kentucky
- James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital | Tampa, Florida
- Fort Carson | Colorado
Creative Forces Summit 2017
ArtsWA collaborated with the NEA and Americans for the Arts to host the first Washington Creative Forces Summit. The Summit convened at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma on September 26, 2017.
The summit gathered together individuals and organizations from the local arts community and the military. Presenters, panelists, and participants represented a diverse and growing local network of professionals. This network is working to expand therapeutic arts activities for military personnel, veterans, and their families around Joint Base Lewis-McChord. An ad hoc Creative Forces Summit Organizing Committee planned the summit. Representatives from arts organizations, artists, creative therapists, and state agencies comprised the committee.
Read the 2017 Creative Forces Summit Report to learn more.
Creative Forces Summit II: Serving Washington’s Military and Veterans through the Arts
October 2-3, 2019 | Clover Park Technical College, Lakewood
This two-day workshop was an in-depth and hands-on training opportunity for arts organizations serving, or wanting to serve military, veterans, their families, and/or caregivers.
Arts organizations built a road map moving from planning to action. They learned to link their organization’s program activities with key metrics to identify challenges, improve communications, and measure successes.
ArtsWA hosted this event. Additional support came from the WA State Department of Veterans Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and Boeing Co.
ArtsWA hosted a two-hour virtual convening for Summit II attendees on May 12, 2020. Initially planned as a midday lunch meeting, we changed the approach with the onset of COVID-19. Thirty-five attendees representing dozens of organizations participated in the reconvening. The participants produced a list of six recommendations and action steps:
- Military and veteran healing arts service providers and programs should employ evaluation and assessment tools to generate verifiable data on the positive impact arts therapy can have on PTSD, TBI, and associated psychological health conditions.
- Washington’s Creative Forces network, with ArtsWA playing a lead role, should proactively work to advocate and strengthen community networks to aid capacity development, access to resources, and avenues for referrals for veterans and service members to reach programs available to them. This includes facilitating regional networking and partnership opportunities.
- Arts organizations and individuals that are interested in equitably serving veterans, the military, and their families should complete Psych Armor education and knowledge-building courses to increase understanding, empathy, and military-cultural competency in program offerings.
- Given the ability to demonstrate relevancy and recognition, the military healing arts network should establish a collective voice and communicate the effectiveness of this work with participants, communities, partners, potential funders, and policy makers as a means of securing funding, increasing visibility and impacting practice and policy.
- Creative Forces should continue to identify the particular components of a successful healing arts program, including the development of key, standardized outcomes to simplify and unify a creative arts therapy voice.
- Creative Forces should continue to nurture this active and maturing collaborative of government and nongovernment organizations interested in arts programming for Washington’s military and veteran population.
The following organizations are active participants in the WA Creative Forces Network:
Art Therapy Northwest PLLC
Influencing the Outcome LLC