Creative Forces

Creative Forces: NEA Military Healing Arts Network is a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Department of Defense (DOD) that serves the unique needs of military patients and veterans who have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury and psychological health conditions, as well as their families and caregivers.

Since 2011, this military healing arts partnership with the Department of Defense has supported creative arts therapies for service members with traumatic brain injury and associated psychological health issues at two military medical facilities in the Washington, DC, area—the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) at Walter Reed Bethesda in Maryland, and the NICoE Intrepid Spirit-1 at Fort Belvoir in Virginia. Learn more.

Creative Forces places creative arts therapies at the core of patient-centered care at ten additional clinical sites. In addition, the expanded Creative Forces program supports efforts to increase access to therapeutic arts activities in local communities for military members, veterans, and their families, as well as invests in research on the impacts of these innovative treatment and engagement methods. More information about Creative Forces can be found on the NEA website.

In the spring of 2017, the NEA announced the expansion of the Creative Forces program to Fort Carson in Colorado Springs. Working with Americans for the Arts to administer the program, the national partners have developed the Creative Forces Community Engagement networking strategy. Calling upon Colorado’s State Arts Agency, Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) as the state partner, and the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (Cultural Office) as the local partner, the program expansion launched in May of 2017 and will feature an “Arts and Military Community Summit” on February 15 & 16, 2018 at the new Ent Center for the Arts on the UCCS campus.

In conjunction with the Summit, the Cultural Office will conduct an asset-mapping exercise to create a directory of local art providers who are currently working with military populations, and to identify gaps in available healing resources. The Summit will also provide an opportunity to launch a new community collaboration (still TBD) to help sustain connections between the arts and military sectors throughout the Pikes Peak region.

For more information about the local Creative Forces initiative, please contact, or call 719-634-2204.