Brushes, By Dean HockmanOur Mission

About Us

Midwest Arts for Vets and Caregivers is a creative outlet for veterans that suffer from PTSD, mental issues, physical concerns, and other combat related issues. It is a way for them to take their mind and focus on something else besides the side effects left from war. Our mission is to show our veterans other outlets that can help them focus on creativity and using the imagination to create a masterpiece, or help them tell their stories using different artistic methods. Art therapy is considered by many as a mind-body connection that can influence physiological and psychological symptoms.

We will be teaching different mediums of art along with other activities each month. All of our instructors are volunteers in the arts or specialized in the class they will be teaching. We will have classes each month for veterans and caregivers, quarterly kid’s classes. Every six months we will have art shows or displays of the veteran’s finished pieces to view or to purchase from them. We want to be able to offer these classes to veterans, caregivers, kids or current military members free of charge.

We have expanded what we are doing! We have added yoga, mindfulness, nutrition-meal planning classes, computer classes, creative writing workshops, retreats for caregivers, kid’s events, fishing, and horse care. We are excited to announce that will be at UNO monthly teaching classes!

Our Mission

Midwest Arts for Vets and Caregivers a non-profit organization that promotes art classes at no cost to our veterans.  Our mission is to advance the arts in health care, healing, and well-being for military service members, veterans, their families and caregivers.

Working across military, government, private and non-profit sectors, the goals of the National Initiative are to:

  • Raise visibility, understanding, and support of arts and health in the military;

  • Advance the policy, practice, and quality use of arts and creativity as tools for health in the military; and

  • Make the arts available to all active duty military, staff, family members, and veterans as a tool to improve health and well-being.

We believe:

  • Every man and woman that has ever served our country is eligible for the art classes.

  • Wounded warriors and their families have an added financial burden which is why we offer no cost art classes.

  • Art therapy classes offer veterans the ability to interact with art instructors, witness their own creative side and exercise the power of rehabilitation.

  • Classes are intended to reunite veterans with their peers, away from hospitals and the battlefield, in a peaceful environment.

  • Every veteran is given the opportunity to discover their talents.

  • After a series of classes, veterans will leave with encouragement, hopefulness, inspiration and a sense of peace as well as self-satisfaction.