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The Veterans Voice 10/27/22 – Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center

The Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region’s, Andy Vick, discusses his partnership with Creative Forces® in presenting the Military Arts Connection (MAC) program, an online resource connecting military service members, veterans and their families to a wide variety of arts enrichment experiences.  MAC is about leveraging the power of the arts to enable our military, veterans and their families to unleash their inner creativity. [Listen to the Podcast]

The Veterans Voice 8/29/22 – Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center

Special to the Veterans Voice – Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center is hosting our 2nd Annual Veteran Art Exhibition and we’re looking for military, veterans and their families to submit their art!  Cultural Office of the Pike Peak Region’s Andy Vick shares the entry details and talk with Mike Lewis about COPPeR’s Military Arts Connection program, free to all members of the military connected community. [Listen to the Podcast]

Colorado Springs Health Foundation

MAC provides an online resource that opens up a whole range of local arts enrichment experiences to area active service military members, veterans and their families. Funding for the program comes from organizations like Colorado Springs Health Foundation, and, as Cultural Office Executive Director Andy Vick says, “fuels the program to allow military populations to have these experiences at no cost. [Read the full article here]

Colorado Springs Health Foundation website

RMHS Partners with Military Arts Connection

Veteran Addie Daniels uses photography as self-care. In August, she started taking classes with event photographer Mike Pach through a program called Military Arts Connection in Colorado Springs, which helps her to develop her skills free of cost. With all the stuff going on in the world, I can focus on one thing and make it as beautiful as possible,” Addie said. “It can be really relaxing to find something beautiful and just take a picture of it.” Mike was trained on working with those in the military community so he could become part of the program. He believes art is a great support for veterans and active duty military. [Read the full article here]

By Sarah Doyle

The Veteran’s Voice Podcast on KRDO News Radio

We’re bringing the military and arts communities together in a whole new way through Military Arts Connection, an online tool that connects military service members, veterans and their families to a wide variety of local arts enrichment experiences. Andy Vick, executive director of the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region, delivered a great interview about it this weekend on “The Veteran’s Voice” with Ted Robertson! Listen here: The segment about Military Arts Connection starts 9:33 minutes into the podcast.

Program aims to help military community flex its creative spirit

The program connects active-duty service members, veterans and their family members with artists across the region specializing in myriad forms of art — painting, making pottery and even singing — for workshops, lessons and artistic “experiences.” The goal: Build a deeper sense of community through artistic expression. “The whole idea is to provide access to creative experiences for the military sector and to help them to build connections with their community — our community — to help them to discover new skills and to help them unleash their creative talents,” said Andy Vick, executive director of the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region.” [Read the full article here]

By Jakob Rodgers

NEA ARTS MAGAZINE – Options for Healing

A Look at Creative Forces’ Community Connections Projects

“To address this disturbing phenomenon, the National Endowment for the Arts launched Creative Forces in 2011. A partnership between the NEA, the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, and state and local arts agencies, Creative Forces promotes health and wellness among service members and veterans with PTSD, TBI, and other psychological health conditions.” [Read the full article here]

  Website by Neon Pig Creative

As of 10/5/2023, the grant funding has ended for Military Arts Connection’s free arts experiences for the military community. Please continue to the site if you’d like to explore additional resources for future opportunities for connection, creativity, healing, and more.

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