Arts for Veterans
An FY2010 Arts in Health Care Project Grant to the New Hampshire Veterans Home, Tilton, N.H., Grant award: $3,640
In this Arts in Health Care grant two artists, weaver Martha “Bobbie” Herron and percussionist Michael Wingfield, have been contracted to present a program at the New Hampshire Veterans Home (NHVH) in Tilton. The goal of the project is to engage veterans and staff in the creative process through the art forms of weaving and drumming. The range of art forms, one quiet and one very active, were selected so that residents will find something they will enjoy doing.
Staff of the NHVH believe that the arts can have a broad therapeutic impact on participants—especially those who are limited by disability. They stated in their application that research has shown that nurturing creativity creates a sense of optimism, confidence, and well being and can give people with disabilities a sense of freedom and independence. The NHVH Therapeutic Recreation program is based on this philosophy and its goal is to bring artists into the facility who can help residents discover and expand their own creative possibilities, improve their quality of life, and enhance the artistic knowledge of the staff. Their programs also bring the families of residents together. “Participating in weaving or drumming workshops is a positive way for family members to connect with their loved ones in a nursing home setting,” states James Mazzuchelli, MSW, social worker and coordinator of Intergenerational Programs.
Through the Intergenerational Program, NHVH also plans to involve local students by working with teachers who are covering units on world cultures. Students will be invited to be a part of the culminating performance by making costumes or performing. Family members will also be invited to the workshops and the culminating event.
The New Hampshire Veterans Home in Tilton is the only long-term care facility in the Granite State that is dedicated exclusively to veterans. Its campus is home to 200 men and women who have served their country and fellow New Hampshire citizens.
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February 18, 2010