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|November 29, 2017||Kimberly Brown|
Experts in Creative Arts Therapy for Military Personnel and Veterans to Attend
SAN DIEGO - Helping military personnel heal from the complex wounds of our recent wars is a national priority that arts and military leaders in California are embracing. On December 7th in San Diego, the California Arts Council will host an arts and military summit as part of their participation in Creative Forces: NEA Military Healing Arts Network. Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, one of 11 clinical sites in Creative Forces, is participating in the event at Arts District Liberty Station in San Diego.
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, plus state and local arts agencies. The network places creative arts therapies at the core of patient-centered care at 11 military medical facilities across the country, as well as a telehealth program to reach patients in rural and remote areas, and increases access to therapeutic arts activities for military personnel, veterans, and their families in local communities. Americans for the Arts is working with the NEA to provide administrative support for Creative Forces.
With more than half a million members of the armed services living with traumatic brain injury or PTSD, arts therapy integration plays a role in recovery beyond what traditional medical can achieve. In a survey at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence Walter Reed Bethesda, 85 percent of military patients consider art therapy helpful to their healing, consistently rating it as one of the top four of more than 40 treatment options.
The Creative Forces Summit will feature presentations, discussions, and networking in order to foster collaboration between arts, community, and military representatives in supporting military and veteran families. Two local arts organizations dedicated to working with military and veteran families, So Say We All and The PGK Dance Project, will stage performances for summit attendees. Local arts organization VetArt serves as a summit sponsor. View the summit agenda here.
This event offers opportunities to speak with national and state military, arts, and health professionals engaged in this important work. These professionals can speak about Creative Forces, creative arts therapies and how these practices are making a difference in the lives of military patients, and how California and the Camp Pendleton and the greater San Diego community are helping to lead the charge.
"The arts' impact on health and their profound capacity to heal and affect trauma is empirical," said Ayanna Kiburi, Interim Director of California Arts Council. "This summit invites collaboration and innovation from experts in their respective fields to unleash that power, and tune in to the needs of our service men and women, veterans, their families and caregivers in the San Diego region affected by the wounds of conflict."
- WHAT: Creative Forces Arts and Military Summit
- WHEN: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- WHERE: Liberty Station
McMillin Companies Event Center Main Hall
2875 Dewey Road, San Diego, CA, 92106
- Nolen V. Bivens, Brigadier General, U.S. Army (Retired)
- Keith Boylan, Deputy Secretary, Veterans Services Division, California Department of Veterans Affairs
- Scott Chadwick, Chief Operating Officer, City of San Diego
- Karen Ann Daniels, Arts Engagement Programs Manager, The Old Globe
- Shya Ellis-Flint, Program Manager, Vets Community Connection
- Donn K. Harris, Chair, California Arts Council
- Mark Jesinoski, Ph.D., Artist and Program Director, VetArt
- Sara Kass, M.D., Captain, U.S. Navy (Retired), Military and Medical Advisor, Creative Forces
- Ayanna Kiburi, MPH, Interim Director, California Arts Council
- Heidi Squier Kraft, Ph.D., Clinical Director, PsychArmor
- Bill O’Brien, Senior Innovation Advisor, National Endowment for the Arts
- The PGK Dance Project
- Wil Quintong, Director, Office of Military & Veteran Affairs, County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency
- So Say We All
- Rebecca Vaudreuil, Music Therapist, Creative Forces
- Elizabeth Washburn, Founder, Combat Arts
If you are interested in attending and speaking with any of the participants, please contact Kimberly Brown at the above email or phone number.
San Diego Region Creative Forces Planning Task Force Members include: Steve Dilley, Veterans Art Project; Ray Flores, San Diego Veterans Coalition; Sheldon Margolis, Veterans Museum at Balboa Park; Barbara Reuer, Resounding Joy Inc.; Whitney Roux, City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture; Rebecca Vaudreuil, Creative Forces/Camp Pendleton; and Elizabeth Washburn, Combat Arts San Diego.
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The mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the arts and creativity. The Council is committed to building public will and resources for the arts; fostering accessible arts initiatives that reflect contributions from all of California's diverse populations; serving as a thought leader and champion for the arts; and providing effective and relevant programs and services.
Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Donn K. Harris, Vice Chair Nashormeh Lindo, Larry Baza, Phoebe Beasley, Christopher Coppola, Juan Devis, Kathleen Gallegos, Jaime Galli, Louise McGuinness, Steven Oliver, and Rosalind Wyman. Learn more at www.arts.ca.gov.