Helen Arts and Heritage Center and HHV Launch Art Therapy Program for Veterans
Winchester, California — National non-profit organization Help Hospitalized Veterans (HHV) is partnering with Helen Arts and Heritage Center, located in Helen, Georgia, to help United States military veterans heal through art therapy.
HHV’s primary mission is to provide art-based craft projects, free of charge, to active duty military personnel and veterans as a means of therapeutic recovery and renewal. To date, the organization has provided more than 29 million arts and crafts kits to America’s veterans as well as to active duty servicemen and women.
Helen Arts and Heritage Center is a local non-profit art gallery, pottery studio, history museum and art educational facility, located in the far northeast mountain region of Georgia. The center is responsible for serving area artists and others through art educational programs and annual gallery exhibits and competitions, and it prides itself on cultural outreach.
Recently, HHV awarded a grant to the Helen Arts and Heritage Center to begin its new program aimed at meeting the needs of veterans through art. The Center is the only non-profit cultural arts organization in the country providing this type of service to military veterans.
“We are happy to begin this new partnership,” said Jack Meagher, Chairman, HHV Board of Directors. “It is HHV’s consistent goal to provide as many therapeutic arts-and-crafts products to as many veterans as possible. This new partnership not only helps us do that, but also enables us to join with artistic professionals who can provide the educational piece, instructing our veterans and showcasing their talents.“
Nancy Ackerman, President and CEO of Helen Arts & Heritage Center, said, “Although we are a small organization, we believe our strengthening partnership with HHV will allow us to do great things for our nation’s bravest. We are thrilled to be working together on a project that will have such a positive and profound effect on the lives of our veterans.”
Professional staff will facilitate the art-based program to veterans, their families and caregivers. A two-to-three hour session will be held each week, with each program running from four to six weeks. Art-based activities, HHV-furnished craft projects, pottery, painting, outdoor activities and more are just part of the various curricula, all provided free of charge to veterans.