Arts Deployed: An Action Guide for Community Arts & Military Programming

Arts Deployed: An Action Guide for Community Arts & Military Programming

Local arts agencies are uniquely positioned to connect service members, veterans, and their families with opportunities for participation in the arts, which are proven to build resilience, enhance coping skills, increase self-esteem, and support well-being, a guide from Americans for the Arts argues. Arts Deployed: An Action Guide for Community Arts & Military Programming (41 pages, PDF) offers guidelines for creating military or veterans arts programming, including establishing goals, partnering with community institutions, and securing sustainable funding by, for example, looking beyond obvious sources of arts funding to funders interested in supporting, say, health and well-being. The guide also analyzes three current program models — the Veterans History Project, the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival, and the Living History Veterans Project — which can be replicated in any community, and offers examples of national touring performances, exhibitions, and writing workshops.