Veterans process trauma through art

Nonprofit organization CreatiVets collaborated with VCUarts and VCU Office of Military Student Services to help men and women whose lives were scarred by war use art to help process their experiences. Eight veterans participated in the partnership’s inaugural course, which took place June 12-30.

The participating veterans have all struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury. Working closely with Associate Dean Christina Lindholm and other VCUarts faculty, they used various art forms such as creative writing, woodworking, and digital media to foster self-expression and transform their stories of trauma and struggle.

“Meeting Richard Casper [founder of CreatiVets] and hearing his story,” Lindholm said, “made me realize how the power of making art can help the people who have given so much in service to this country.”

Read more on the VCU News site.

Photos courtesy of VCUarts.


July 13, 2017