Over the past decade, nearly 2,000 active-duty, wounded, and retired service personnel, as well as their families, have discovered the healing power of the arts in coping with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) through the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College’s Military Artistic Healing programs.
Teaming up with certified art therapists, the Fine Arts Center's Bemis School of Art provides award-winning (and often life-changing) classes year-round, giving individuals a safe place to learn how to use artistic expression as a tool for stress management and coping.
The four goals of Military Artistic Healing are to:
Reduce anxiety and mood disorders common to military personnel with PTSD
Reduce behaviors that interfere with emotional and cognitive functioning
Externalize, verbalize, and resolve memories of traumatic events
Reactivate positive emotions, self-worth, and self-esteem
As a form of psychotherapy, art therapy helps soldiers communicate and resolve traumatic memories, relieve stress, and reduce symptoms of trauma-related conditions. Art therapists encourage participants to reflect on the meaning of their artwork to assist their psychological recovery, promote insight, and improve functioning.
Help us keep this program free of charge for participants and meet the increasing demand for these transformational programs. No gift is too small, every dollar of support we receive will go directly toward covering the cost of art supplies and expense of hiring certified Art Therapists.
“The Military Artistic Healing program allows me to express my feelings in a positive way – to put things on paper that I couldn't express in any other medium. It gave me a new lease on life – it saved my life.” - Tommy J. Darbe, AOC(AW) United States Navy, retired
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