Guest Blog: Vets Explore Self-Expression Through Art

By: Kristen Hughes Director of Arts in Healing The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts Support from the Disabled Veterans National Foundation has enabled Arts in Healing to provide 10-12 hours per week of visual art, music, creative writing, drama and dance to veterans served through the Robley Rex VA Medical Center and to test-drive the concept for a veteran/civilian cooperative called “Warrior’s Heart Community.” [caption id="attachment_5523" align="alignright" width="282"] A community member viewing artwork created by veterans in Warriors’ Heart Community pilot project[/caption] Warrior’s Heart Community recently completed a highly successful 9 week pilot project, based on steps outlined in The Warrior’s Return, by Dr. Ed Tick of Soldier’s Heart. The process involved veterans sharing stories about their combat experiences and ensuing struggles with civilians who listened non-judgmentally and without attempting to fix or offer advice, serving as Sacred Witnesses to