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The National Endowment for the Arts, partners, come together to support service members, veterans, families and caregivers


The National Endowment for the Arts, in partnership with the Mid-America Arts Alliance, is launching a new national community arts grants program to expand support for service members, Veterans, their families and caregivers who have been exposed to trauma.

“Not Alone” and “United” were created by veteran artist and photographer Alex Gutierrez and were on display at the Creative Forces Open Studio hosted by the Jacksonville-Onslow Council for the Arts in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

New Creative Forces Community Engagement Grants Program

The Creative Forces Community Engagement Grant aims to improve the health, well-being and quality of life of military-related populations by strengthening creative expression, building social bonds and improving resilience. The program will provide matching grants of $ 10,000 to $ 50,000 for emerging and advanced artistic engagement projects across the country.

Apply now before the December deadline

This funding is available to eligible organizations and partnerships between arts organizations, and veterans and military service organizations are strongly encouraged to apply. The grant deadline is December 15, 2021, for projects starting on or after July 1, 2022. Learn more and apply at maaa.org/creativeforces.

Creative Forces: NEA Military Healing Arts Network is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the United States Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs. The initiative places creative art therapies at the heart of patient-centered care at clinical sites across the country, including telehealth services, and increases access to community art activities to promote health, wellness and the quality of life for service members, veterans, and their families and caregivers. Creative Forces is managed in partnership with Americans for the Arts, the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, and the Mid-America Arts Alliance. You can watch a short documentary video on the initiative.

We are here for you

This national gathering and new grant program from the National Endowment for the Arts and Mid-America Art Alliance serves as a collective message from artists and community organizations from across the country to our military brothers and sisters: “You have been there for us. . We will be there for you. Thank you for your service. It’s our turn now.

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