2015 Symposium

Wounded Warrior Art Showcase

Warrior Care in the 21st Century 2015 Symposium - Wounded Warrior Art Showcase

The Wounded Warrior Artwork Showcase was designed to display and demonstrate the benefits of visual arts and art therapy programs for wounded, ill, and injured Service members. The Showcase featured artwork created by Service members from Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States that embraced art as a primary rehabilitative activity.  WCP collaborated with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) to stage and execute the Wounded Warrior Art Showcase. 


Significance of healing arts therapy on display at Warrior Care in the 21st Century Symposium

Article courtesy of the Military Health System Communications Office.  Originally posted HERE (Thursday, October 22, 2015).

Evoking Canadian physician Maj. John McCrae's famous poem from World War I, "In Flanders Fields," British Army Pvt. John Hayes' display of poppies is inspired by his service in Operation Iraqi Freedom, his diagnosis of PTSD and his experience with the U.K.'s Combat Stress program. Hayes said he's found an escape in art, and it has played a major role in his life and rehabilitation. McCrae wrote "In Flanders Fields" following the Second Battle of Ypres in May 1915 and references the red poppies that grew over the graves of fallen soldiers and later became a symbol of service members who died in combat. (Courtesy photo)