The National Initiative for Arts & Health in the Military advances the arts in health, healing, and healthcare for military service members, veterans, their families, and caregivers.
Working across military, government, private, and nonproft sectors, the goals of the National Initiative are to:
- Raise visibility, understanding, and support of arts and health in the military; and
- Advance the policy, practice, and quality use of arts and creativity as tools for health in the military;
- Make the arts as tools for health available to all active duty military, staff, family members, and veterans.
The National Initiative for Arts & Health in the Military is supported in part by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service.
The National Initiative is led by Americans for the Arts in cooperation with multiple national arts, health and veterans service organizations, private sector, military and government agencies.
Americans for the Arts on behalf of the National Initiative engages in formal partnerships and collaborations, including maintaining Memorandums of Understanding with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - National Veterans Creative Arts Festival, and the VA Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation to implement programming and advance the goals of the Initiative on behalf of America's veterans. Americans for the Arts' Statement of Collaboration with the American Legion Auxiliary furthers the shared purpose of promoting the use of the arts in the lives of U.S. Veterans, servicemembers, their families and caregivers. Americans for the Arts is an official AmeriCorps VISTA site of the American Legion Auxiliary Call to Service Corps.
Through these kinds of strategic engagement, we work collectively and across sectors to:
- Encourage further cooperation within arts, military, veterans and health fields;
- Enhance communication between beneficiaries and providers;
- Promote greater visibility of the importance of the arts to health and well-being across the military continuum, and;
- Engage with leaders across agencies and sectors in the development of policies and practicesthat support Initiative goals.
The United States Conference of Mayors adopted a resolution in June 2014 in support of Arts, Health, and Well-Being Across the Military Continuum and in June 2015 adopted a resolution in support of Transforming America's Communities Through the Arts. .
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