MusicWorks4Veterans is a member of the WAM cohort. Veteran and MW4V project manager John Selzer has been using the power of music to bring music to veterans being treated at VA locations and veteran residential facilities in the state of Washington.
MusicWorks4Veterans jam session. Photo by Gabriella Smith.

Wellness, Arts, and the Military

Wellness, Arts, and the Military (WAM) supports the growth of artists and arts organizations who have arts and wellness programs for military connected communities. WAM began in 2017 as a Community Connections Project supported by the NEA Creative Forces Military Healing Arts Network. Through summits, convenings, and key partnerships, the WAM program has grown to include arts programming grants, training, funding, and outreach.

Wellness, Arts, and the Military in the news

📰 Feature: Tom Roberts, Self-Directed Art Practice (SAP) grantee

📰 Feature: Kathleen Casper, Self-Directed Art Practice (SAP) grantee

Kara Atkinson & Gabriella Smith at a WAM card writing event.

Past WAM events

Card Writing Event | On January 31, 2023, Gabriella Smith from ArtsWA and Kara Atkinson from Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) hosted a card writing event for deployed soldiers oversees. PLUs students participated during their lunch breaks.

Kirill Perfiliev, a third year ROTC student, said: “I know my art is going to put a smile on someone’s face and it [the card writing event] was the highlight of my day.”

Pictured: Kara Atkinson & Gabriella Smith at a WAM card writing event.

WAM Winter Convening | The WAM Winter Convening took place December 3, 2021. Topics included military culture and transitions, suicide awareness, networking, outreach, and grants. If you were unable to attend, you can watch the recording by clicking here, or by watching in the player below.

MusicWorks4Veterans (MW4V) Performance at the Tacoma Recovery Center and Café (TRC) |  In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, MW4V members gathered at the Tacoma Recovery Center and Café on May 19, 2022 to play music and share stories about mental health. TRC offered people mental health resources as well as food, clothing, and personal hygiene items. Thank you to Doug White, the Tacoma Recovery Center Veterans Program Manager, for coordinating this volunteer-based event.

Lacey Vet Con | A free event held on April 30, 2022, with comics, board games, and guest speakers for veterans and the military connected community, hosted by the Lacey Veterans Services Hub. Attendees brought comics to the event and shared their collections with others. Thank you to the Lacey Veteran Services Hub volunteers, guest speakers, and to all who attended. 

Wellness, Arts, and the Military Spotlight


is a veteran service organization that expands access to music by hosting community music programs. As a long-standing member of the Wellness, Arts, and the Military (WAM) Program, MW4V partners with WAM by participating in music outreach events for veterans and military connected people.

Video of MW4V’s performance of “Lonestar” (Norah Jones) featuring Gabriella Smith, Vet Corps Navigator for the WAM program, produced by MusicWorks4Veterans.

Contact us

If you have any questions about the Wellness, Arts, and the Military program, please contact:

Bryan Bales, Program Manager, Wellness, Arts, and the Military


Daniya Baisubanova, ArtsWA WAM Program Specialist:

Gabriella Smith, ArtsWA WAM Vet Corps Navigator: