Tuesday, August 1, 2017

On Friday, July 28, the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) and Americans for the Arts signed a first-of-its-kind collaboration supporting the military and their families.  
The State Military and Veterans Arts Initiative seeks to increase visibility, understanding, and support for the care of persons across the military continuum (to include active duty and reserve service members, veterans, their families, and caregivers) and the role the arts can play in their health and wellness. 
NLGA and Americans for the Arts share a general mutual goal to make the arts, in its various forms, available to the military continuum as a tool for wellness and complete healing. NLGA and Americans for the Arts will work together to advance the policy, practice, and quality use of arts and creativity as tools for health in the military and for veterans.  
Fourteen NLGA members signed the agreement as founding partners and witnesses to the goal to promote the use of arts and arts therapy with the nation’s military continuum.  
“The National Lieutenant Governors Association and its members proudly engage with and support the defenders of the nation across the military continuum, at home and abroad,” said NLGA Director & CEO Julia Hurst.  
“This is an exciting project and I commend the National Lieutenant Governors Association and its 55 members for stepping up and addressing this topic,” stated Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “Our returning heroes and their families deserve nothing less than complete care including the power of the arts to address their visible and invisible wounds. This program will help to highlight these important programs.”
With a 55-year record of success, the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) is the association convening the state and territorial seconds-in-command on a bi-partisan basis to drive the agenda of the states and the nation forward. See www.nlga.us for more information.     
Americans for the Arts is the leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America. With offices in Washington, D.C., and New York City, it has a record of more than 55 years of service. Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. For more information visit www.AmericansForTheArts.org.
Jay H. Dick
Americans for the Arts
Julia Hurst