the national initiative for arts & health in the military
We will be holding a Congressional Briefing on Arts and Health in the Military on November 19th and a Google Hangout immediately following at 4:00 pm. Click the link to join the event and then you'll be emailed the Hangout link prior to the Hangout!
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 their caregivers. The goals of the National Initiative are to:
- Advance the policy, practice, and quality use of arts and creativity as tools for health in the military;
- Raise visibility, understanding, and support of arts and health in the military; and
- Make the arts as tools for health available to all active duty military, staff, family members, and veterans.
The military has identified four areas as critical to the success and preparedness of our troops: Readiness, Resiliency, Retention, and Reintegration. Artists and arts organizations are uniquely suited to help service members in these four critical areas by the very nature of the work they already do – using art to help people express themselves and build bridges through shared experiences in a community.
The National Initiative is co-Chaired by Americans for the Arts and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), in partnership with a National Steering Committee comprised of federal agency, military, nonprofit and private sector partners. Together they work to:
- Encourage further cooperation within arts, military, and health fields;
- Enhance communication between beneficiaries and providers; promote greater visibility of the importance of the arts to military health and wellness, and;
- Engage with leaders across agencies and sectors in the development of policies that support Initiative goals.
The National Initiative for Arts & Health in the Military was launched in January, 2012, following the success of the first National Summit: Arts in Healing for Warriors at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) and the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) in October, 2011. Hosted by Rear Admiral Alton L. Stocks, in partnership with a national planning group of military, government, and nonprofit leaders, the Summit marked the first time various branches of the military collaborated with civilian agencies on a national scale to discuss how engaging with the arts provide opportunities to meet the key health issues our military faces—from pre-deployment to deployment to homecoming.
Read the United States Conference of Mayors proclamation in support of the National Initiative for Arts & Health in the Military
Since its founding in 2012, the National Initiative for Arts & Health in the Military has held two national convenings: the Arts and Health in the Military National Roundtable (November 2012) and the National Summit: Arts, Health, and Well-Being Across the Military Continuum (April 2013). From these meetings came a series of recommendations in the areas of research, practice, and policy, detailed in the seminal report Arts, Health, and Well-Being Across the Military Continuum - White Paper and Framing a National Plan for Action. Click on the link or photo to download the full report.