The Veteran Arts Showcase is thrilled to announce its 6th annual Showcase: November 16-18 at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, NY (The Weekend before Thanksgiving).
Reception and Opening Ceremonies (open and free to the public): Friday, November 16. A Presentation of Colors and Opening Remarks will be followed by civilian and veteran presentations, performances and reflections on service and reintegration. The Gallery will be open Friday 5:30-8:30pm, Saturday 10:00am-8:30pm and Sunday 10:00am-4:00pm.
The Veteran Arts Showcase features visual artists, crafters, writers, poets, musicians, and performers who are active duty military, veterans, or their family members. We especially encourage the civilian community to join us in this vital celebration of current and former members of the Armed Forces and their families. Visitors can experience powerful and unique interpretations of multiple arts, navigating connections between war and community. Information and demonstrations on effective therapies for PTSD will be on display. This year we have workshops, performances and music all weekend long. Tell everyone you know, this is more than just an Art Show!
A very special thanks to the Outpatient Art Therapy Programs at the VA Hudson Valley Health System’s, Montrose Campus, Mill Street Loft in Poughkeepsie, theOrange County NY Arts Council, and the FDR Presidential Library & Museum.
Free & Open to the Public
“Expressive therapy”, also known as the “expressive therapies”, “expressive arts therapy” or “creative arts therapy”, utilize the creative process as a form of therapy. Unlike traditional art expression, the process of creation is emphasized rather than the final product.
Evidence-based research indicates a broad range of benefits of creative, artistic, and expressive therapies such as writing, art and music, in addressing trauma and stress. The simple act of drumming or taking a photograph has been shown to be beneficial. A growing body of evidence is indicating that sensory-enrichment activities such as Scuba diving and fly fishing have therapeutic benefits. Expressive therapies can help people communicate in ways that traditional talk therapies cannot.
This approach is not new. Historical and anthropological evidence suggests that utilization of the creative process has been used since ancient times as preventive and restorative treatment. The ancient Egyptians encouraged artistic activity as a means of self-expression. The Greeks and Romans used drama and music for their restorative properties. During the Renaissance it was believed that the imagination played a role in health and well-being. During this period many began to believe that dance and play were central to children’s growth and development. Native Americans have been aware of the benefits of expressive therapy for thousands of years.
Although creative, artistic, and expressive therapies are not new concepts, showcasing the benefits of these techniques in dealing with veteran issues in an exhibit is relatively new. The Veteran Arts Showcase is more than an art show, as it highlights the ways in which we update these venerable traditions to support and enhance veteran’s lives.
A very special thanks to the Outpatient Art Therapy Programs at the VA Hudson Valley Health Care System’s, Montrose Campus. These programs have a long-standing reputation for providing a safe space for veterans to engage in the creative process of art making as a means for relaxation and/or to help them to understand and heal from difficult military experiences where words are hard to find.