In 2015, the Visual Arts Center of Richmond launched a new partnership with Richmond’s Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center.
The program, which is funded by a generous grant from Dominion, brings veterans who are undergoing some form of treatment into VisArts’ studios for art workshops that are intended to help them transition back to civilian life.
Most of the veterans are patients at the VA’s Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center, which means that they may be recovering from or adjusting to a series of serious medical conditions. Common issues veterans in the Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center face include PTSD, vision problems and mobility issues.
Throughout the year, groups of veterans travel to the Visual Arts Center of Richmond to participate in either one-day or multi-week workshops. In cases where the veterans can’t travel, VisArts sends instructors to the VA.