The Creative Forces Program places creative arts therapies in the Pikes Peak region for veterans and service members dealing with traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder, and their families and caregivers.
Creative Forces is a national initiative that began in 2011 between the National Endowment for the Arts, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. In 2017, Fort Carson was selected as one of 11 national program sites.
The initiative placed a certified music therapist in the Warrior Recovery Center at Fort Carson. It also provided the initial funding to host a Community Summit and launch a local project called the Military Arts Connection (MAC). MAC is managed by the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region.
MAC is an online tool that connects military service members, veterans, and their families to a wide variety of local arts enrichment experiences. MAC is about taking advantage of the power of the arts to:
- create stronger community connections
- learn new skills
- enable our local military service members, veterans, and their families to unleash their inner creativity
The tool provides training and ongoing guidance for participating artist facilitators. MAC supports the military’s emphasis on resiliency and wellness. MAC also helps create new and sustainable connections between the military and arts sectors in the Pikes Peak region.