The Currier Museum of Art is committed to increasing access to the arts for all, regardless of physical, mental, or emotional abilities to reduce stigma, increase awareness, and inspire action that creates positive health outcomes for New Hampshire residents.
In 2019, the Currier Museum of Art and the Manchester VA Medical Center launched the Art for Vets (AfV) Program- an art-focused wellness program that made it possible for Veterans to reengage with their community, family, and self. AfV began with Creative Cohorts intended to remove perceived barriers within the Veteran and local art communities and open doors for art education and creative expression. In addition to co-facilitated programming, AfV has expanded to include additional Veteran events, Studio Classes, Studio Art Tutorials, Family Days, and camp scholarships for children of NH Veterans and Active-Duty Military.
The Currier’s Art and Wellness Community Programs, which includes the Art for Vets Program, remove barriers and stigma across many populations by bringing individuals together regardless of diagnosis or past art experience. Currier Art and Wellness Community Programs serve over 1,000 participants via Expressions Through Art with the Elliot Hospital, Art of Hope, Memory Café, Art for Vets, Making Art Accessible, programming for immigrant and refugee children, and Creative Connections for Teens.