IDENTITY: Exploring Veteran Narratives Through Art + Music

ON VIEW OCTOBER 29, 2022 – MARCH 19, 2023

IDENTITY introduces us to Veterans who have found healing and connection through art and music.

Many Veterans represented in this exhibition are working through Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or Post-traumatic Stress (PTS) and have found the arts positively impact their healing and increase their sense of connection to the world around them. Through CreatiVets programming, these Veterans learn to express complex events and emotions through the creative processes of drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture and songwriting.

IDENTITY will encourage you to think about how Veterans reclaim their past, remember their experiences, and interpret them now through art + music.

Thank You for Your Service, 2018
A.H. Romero

Waiting Room, 2018
Adrian Rodriguez

The Rose That Grew from Concrete, 2021
Briana McCrae Carr

Related Events and Programming:

Friday, November 18 | 10 a.m.

Painting Workshop with Shawn Augustson

Veterans are invited to join us for an exclusive painting workshop with local Columbus, Ohio artist Shawn Augustson and explore the benefits of art on mental health and expression.

More workshops will be added soon.

IDENTITY highlights the work of CreatiVets program participants.

CreatiVets is a nonprofit organization that empowers wounded Veterans to heal by sharing their stories and experience through the arts.

Richard Casper co-founded CreatiVets after experiencing firsthand the healing power of art and music. As an infantryman, Richard served in Iraq with the United States Marine Corps where he lost a close friend while on patrol, survived four separate IED attacks, suffered multiple concussions and was ultimately diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury.

On his journey to wellness, Casper discovered the therapeutic benefits of art and music, and realized that creative expression was the only thing that really helped him. Richard took ceramics and painting courses and was amazed at how quickly he began to experience a positive impact. Says Casper, “It was like I’d found this loophole—I found a way to talk about it, without talking about it.” The benefits continued when he learned to play guitar and write songs, opening another outlet for creative expression through which he could heal by telling his story.

IDENTITY is made possible through the generous support of:
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