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The following is excerpted from the NEA’s website at arts.gov

Creative Forces invests in research on the impacts and benefits – physical, emotional, social, and economic – of creative arts therapies as innovative treatment methods.

Creative Forces is committed to the pursuit and promotion of clinically relevant biomedical and behavioral research on the effectiveness of creative arts therapies for service members, veterans, family members, and caregivers.  Several strategies are critical to the success of our research program.  They include: informed selection of rigorous research designs; support for multi-site studies; funding of research opportunities at Creative Forces sites, and collaboration with other health/rehabilitation disciplines and partners. Key clinical research findings indicate that creative arts therapies can:

  • Enable recovery from traumatic experiences through meaning-making, positive reframing, and verbal processing.
  • Reduce symptoms associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) including flashbacks and nightmares/interrupted sleep.
  • Improve awareness and tolerance of PTSD/TBI symptoms such as hypervigilance, pain, and stress.
  • Encourage development of healthy independent coping mechanisms through creation of a safe environment and therapist/patient rapport.
  • Channel aggressive behaviors and provide a means to address anger and anxiety through creative expression and improved self-regulation.
  • Foster the ability to experience hope, gratification, and increased confidence through strengths-based rehabilitation.
  • Reduce isolation and stigma through meaningful interaction with others and improved communication with family, peers, and providers.

Additional information and research can be found from the NEA website.

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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.