Arts and the Dimensions of the Veteran Community
ANVAM is a national cultural institution, veteran led charity, Public Benevolent Institution and centre for wellbeing. ANVAM supports the whole-of-life wellness of current and former members of Australia’s military and families through facilitated arts engagement. Participants are invited to engage in a range of expressive possibilities for wellness through mental, physical and social wellbeing.
Veterans have used the Arts as a means of improving or maintaining their health and wellbeing since the creation of Australia’s military services. The veteran community has a rich history in the Arts through times of war and peace.
Through the Arts, ANVAM showcase the stories of unique lived experiences during and post-service. Showcasing these stories through thoughtfully constructed exhibitions and performances opens a pathway for new participants to become aware of and involved in ANVAM’s programs, while educating the broader community about the highs and lows of service and post-service life.
In partnership with the broader veteran community, ANVAM is working toward a new model of care in veterans’ wellbeing through greater recognition of the role the Arts plays in strong communities and fulfilling lives.
“The work that your organisation conducts is crucial to raising awareness and ensuring the wellbeing of Australia’s military and families.”
Hon Martin Foley MP, Minister for Mental Health (Vic)