Arts and the Dimensions of the Veteran Community
ANVAM is a national cultural institution, veteran run charity, Public Benevolent Institution and centre of wellbeing. ANVAM supports the whole-of-life wellness of current and former members of Australia’s military and families through facilitated arts engagement. Participants are invited to engage in a range of expressive possibilities for wellness through mental, physical and social wellbeing.
Veterans have used the Arts as a means of improving or maintaining their health and wellbeing since the creation of Australia’s military services. The veteran community has a rich history in the Arts through times of war and peace.
Through the Arts, ANVAM showcase the stories of unique lived experiences during and post-service. Showcasing these stories through thoughtfully constructed exhibitions and performances opens a pathway for new participants to become aware of and involved in ANVAM’s programs, while educating the broader community about the highs and lows of service and post-service life.
In partnership with the broader veteran community, ANVAM is working toward a new model of care in veterans’ wellbeing through greater recognition of the role the Arts plays in strong communities and fulfilling lives.