Military Art Program

~Michelle Saleeba

This week we are revisiting a past beneficiary of Army Art to find out how they are growing and continuing to support their client base. Army Art supports a broad and diverse range of charities, choosing two beneficiaries on a yearly basis. Whilst the community based selection varies, a thread of continuity is our commitment to supporting a defence associated charitable organisation each year.

The Military Art Program Australia (MAPA) commenced in 2015, growing out of founder and director Leza Howie's experiences as an army wife, her time spent volunteering with Army Art and her personal experience of using art in a capacity that provided enormous relief. All of which inspired Leza to find a way to share the therapeutic benefits of art making with other military families, current and former serving personnel.

Funding from Army Art assisted establishing MAPA and provided the opportunity to purchase materials and equipment as well as assisting with facilities support so they could commence their first program in 2015.

Army Art talks veteran mental health and post traumatic stress disorder and the benefits of arts engagement and art therapy for military personnel
2016 MAPA Outcome Art Exhibition – Veteran participants artworks

Army Art: Has creativity or making art helped you with important life transitions you’ve experienced?