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Creative Communities of Care

About the Program

Creative Communitieis of Care resulted from a partnership between the PA Council on the Arts (PCA) and the PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) to bring in-depth, collaborative, creative programming to veterans at all six veterans homes in the commonwealth. 

To bring this program to life, PCA and DMVA partnered with TimeSlips, which uses an accessible methodology that opens storytelling to everyone by replacing the pressure to remember with encouragement to imagine. TimeSlips was originally designed as a way for people with dementia and their care partners to share in creative expression together. 


The PCA's Arts in Education partner organizations connected each veterans home with one teaching artist from that community. The teaching artist, along with activities staff at the homes, participated in Timeslips training and certification to enable them to use person-centered, creative engagement techniques in their work with the veterans.

The teaching artist at each home then led a 20-day Arts in Education residency wherein they utilized Timeslips techniques to guide participants through creative artmaking experiences. Each 20-day residency ended in a celebration event that highlighted residents' work created through the program.


PROJECT NEWSLETTERS

Gino J. Merli Veterans' Center Creative Communities of Care Newsletter

Hollidaysburg Veterans' Home Creative Communities of Care Newsletter

Soldiers' and Sailors' Home Creative Communities of Care Newsletter

Southeastern Veterans' Center Creative Communities of Care Newsletter

Southwestern Veterans' Center Creative Communities of Care Newsletter