Summer Arts Connect! is a series of FREE online creative arts programs with a focus on social and emotional health for veteran and active duty military households in the JBLM vicinity.

All branches are welcome!

Online Zoom workshops July through October 2020

Please click workshop title to register and learn more about events.

Activity facilitators include rotations of:

Tacoma Arts Live LENS theatre arts teaching artists

Art Therapist Valli Rebsamen, ATR-BC and Music Therapist John Heckel MA

Two times are available to accommodate younger and older age groups. For these events we've partnered with the Washington State National Guard Youth (WANGY) to manage registration, all branches and veteran status households are welcome.

Each week we'll join together virtually for community fun and creative arts activities that include a variety of art projects that build our personal and artistic skills in visual arts, music, and theatre arts. Most activities will only require items easy to find at home.

Wednesdays starting September 9th:

3pm-4pm (developmental ages 6 through 11)

4pm-5pm (tween and teens)

Collaborative activities for the whole family using visual arts and ceramics.

In-person October events open to families within Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) registration:

All artistic skill sets welcome!

This workshop offers couples fun and imaginative activities to support communication and explore meaningful qualities of their relationship.

Thursdays 7pm-8pm (September 24th and October 29th)

Last three Thursdays of each month 10am-11am

Starting 7/16/20 through 10/29/20

All experience levels welcome!

Summer Arts Connect! is part of Creative Forces® : NEA Military Healing Arts Network, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the U.S. Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. The initiative seeks to improve the health, wellness, and quality of life for military and veteran populations exposed to trauma, as well as their families and caregivers. Administrative support for the initiative is provided by Americans for the Arts.

Our local outreach partner makes this program possible within the Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) community