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This page contains information and links that might be helpful to organizations interested in applying to the Creative Forces Community Engagement Grant Program. This page was last updated on September 14, 2021.

Creative Forces National Resources

As a part of the larger Creative Forces initiative, the Creative Forces National Resource Center provides resources that enhance the lives of trauma-exposed service members, veterans, their families, and caregivers through the arts. Specific resources on the NRC for organizations looking to provide community arts engagement for military-connected individuals include the findings and lessons learned from a study done on ten community arts engagement pilot projects funded by Creative Forces, a summary of interviews with subject matter experts on serving military-connected populations, as well as Creative Forces: Healing the Invisible Wounds of War, an interactive exhibition of forty-five works of visual art, music, and performances by military service members and veterans who are current or former participants in the Creative Forces®: NEA Military Healing Arts Network.

Federal Resources on Serving Military-Connected Populations

In addition to the resources on the National Resource Center, many other federal government organizations have also developed online resources for organizations and individuals working with the veteran and military-connected population in the community space. These include:

State and Local Resources On Serving Military-Connected Populations

Organizations looking to learn more about working with military-connected populations might want to connect with the Veterans Affairs Office in your State or Territory. State-level Departments of Veterans Affairs provide support and services to veterans within their states and work with other organizations that also serve Veterans.

Additionally, many State Arts Agencies and Local Arts Agencies have funded or accomplished initiatives, summits, and or other projects in the Arts and Military space and may be good starting points to learn more about organizations your community already working within the Arts, Health, and military space and established partnerships or collaborations between State Arts Agencies and State Department of Veterans Affairs. In April 2021, the Indiana Arts Commission hosted a webinar Creative Arts and Veterans that included several representatives of the Indiana Department of Veteran Affairs around the topic of meaningfully connecting the art community with the veteran community.

Non-Governmental Resources

The Bush Institute has published several articles and other resources on serving Post-9/11 veterans.

Psych Armor provides resources and classes to Americans to effectively engage with and support military service members, Veterans, and their families. This is especially helpful for organizations seeking to learn more about military cultural competency.

Resources for Veterans Experiencing a Crisis

Disclaimer: The sharing of any non-MAAA information does not constitute an endorsement of products or services on the part of the Mid-America Arts Alliance