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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

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]

Military Arts Connection: Joining Creative Forces

With National Endowment for the Arts funding, the local Military Arts Connection moves forward to provide healing through creative arts programs for members of the military community.
By Kirsten Akens

  

“Music has always played a role in Cory Sandoval’s life, from participating in high school band to playing drums and guitar to writing song lyrics. It wasn’t until he needed to process a major incident, however, that Sandoval leaned on music as more than fun or a simple escape….” [Read full article from Springs magazine]

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