ANVAM’s role is to support the wellbeing of current and former service members and families as an essential element of the service community. ANVAM was established in 2013 (incorporating in April 2015) in response to the need for innovation and change in veterans wellbeing through community-based arts programs. This need was identified by our arts facilitators, while working with veterans in the clinical environment.
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 Australian Defence Force has a rich history in the arts through times of war and peace.
ANVAM’s arts programs are open to all ages and abilities and do not require any prior knowledge or skills. Programs focus on the creative process and journey to help develop a sense of hope, purpose and pride. Part of this journey is the mastery of arts-based skills.
ANVAM works collaboratively with other organisations and charities delivering arts engagement and arts therapy. ANVAM’s thought leadership, research in, and development of veteran arts mirrors international best practice models.
ANVAM is working to secure from the Federal Government the unused Defence property and former Repatriation Commission Outpatient Clinic at 310 St Kilda Rd, Southbank. This property is in the heart of the Melbourne arts precinct and opposite the Shrine of Remembrance. When operational again ANVAM intends the building will be a self-contained cultural institution including exhibition, studio and other relevant spaces. Here veterans will be supported by the ANVAM in their arts engagement while the rich history of veterans arts is showcased and collaborative partnerships maintained.