CREATIVE ARTS THERAPY PROGRAM
We believe that the arts can have an impact—physically, emotionally, economically, educationally—on the lives of service members, veterans, families, healthcare providers and the community. Over the past six months, the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance (SAACA) has launched an innovative Creative Arts Therapy partnership program. The project aims to provide healing and quality of life support for trauma and recovery patients, individuals with disabilities, seniors and Military Veterans. The program utilizes a multidisciplinary arts integration method to provide healing through the arts with music, writing, visual arts and community arts integration mechanisms. The project supports Music and Memory Programming, Arts Therapy Instruction, as well as Creative Aging initiatives.
The program will work directly with patients in care facilities, assisted living residences, rehabilitation facilities as well as Veterans homes and facilities throughout the region. Patients and participants supported in the program are identified as individuals who are coping with permanent and temporary disabilities related to post-traumatic stress syndrome, memory care, depression and anxiety, aging and life transition support, rehabilitation and brain trauma injuries. In addition, the program works directly with patients who are dealing with physical limitations including blind therapy, surgical and disease recovery, life threatening illnesses, mobility limitations and muscle diseases as well as general aging limitation.