The Australian National Veterans Arts Museum (ANVAM) was established in 2013 (incorporated on 25 April 2015) in response to the growing need for an innovative new model of care in veterans’ wellbeing. As a veteran run charity and Public Benevolent Institution, ANVAM supports the mental, physical and social wellbeing of current and former service members and families through community-based facilitated Arts engagement.
ANVAM’s whole-of-life approach incentivises wellness and promotes social connectedness through Arts programs and mentoring for all ages and abilities. Programs focus on the creative process and journey to empower veterans and develop hope, purpose and pride.
Through the Arts, ANVAM showcases the stories of veterans unique, lived experiences during and post-service educating the community of the sacrifices of service and triumph over adversity.
ANVAM works collaboratively with other organisations to build new networks and relationships for veterans after service. ANVAM actively seeks partnerships across the Arts and health spectrums to collaboratively develop thought leadership, research and opportunities for veterans and families to thrive through the Arts.
ANVAM’s vision is to establish a national cultural institution, centre for wellbeing and home for veterans Arts in the unused former Repatriation Commission Outpatient Clinic at 310 St Kilda Road, Melbourne. In the heart of Melbourne’s Arts precinct and opposite the Shrine of Remembrance the property has always been synonymous with veterans’ wellbeing and is considered a sacred place in the veteran community. When operational again 310 St Kilda Road will be a self-contained cultural institution promoting wellness with galleries, studios, artist-in-residence and a reflection room. Here veterans will be supported by ANVAM in their Arts engagement while the rich history of veterans’ Arts is showcased.