DVNF grant allows Kentucky Center Arts in Healing Program to expand services at Robley Rex VA Medical Center
The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts announces a new $35,000 grant received from the Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) to fund expansion of The Kentucky Center’s Arts in Healing program activities at Robley Rex VA Medical Center (VAMC).  

Arts in Healing Drum Circle

Arts in Healing: Veterans participate in a Kuvebo-drumming and dance party

Currently, The Kentucky Center Arts in Healing program provides music, creative writing, visual art, dance, and drama support/instruction as a therapeutic aid for several VAMC Mental Health Programs including the Substance Abuse Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program, the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit Hospice, and a Peer Support Dialogue group for Veterans with PTSD called “Heroes Create!” 

Arts in Healing also provides music in the VAMC healthcare facility lobbies, waiting areas, and at special events. 

Arts in Healing Fabric Collage

Arts in Healing: VA staff work with an AIH teaching artist to construct a fabric collage

With this grant, Arts in Healing and the VAMC look forward to continuing their partnership, and developing new programs which will help Veterans in the healing process.

About The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts

The mission of The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts is to provide artistically diverse performances of the highest quality. The Center serves Kentucky through education and initiatives which expand and diversify audiences while enhancing their understanding, appreciation and support for the arts. The Center strives to challenge, stimulate, and entertain while operating in a fiscally responsible manner and acting as an economic and cultural catalyst for the Commonwealth. 

Kentucky Center Arts in Healing sites have included Home of the Innocents, James Graham Brown Cancer Center, Nazareth Home, Norton Audubon Hospital, Our Lady of Peace, Robley Rex VA Medical Center, and Volunteers of America.

About Robley Rex VAMC

Since 1952, Robley Rex VAMC has been proudly providing healthcare services for more than 150,000 men and women Veterans living in a 35-county area of the Kentuckiana region.  Healthcare facilities include a full service medical center on Zorn Avenue in Louisville and six Community Based Outpatient Clinics located in Shively, Newburg, DuPont, Carrollton, and Grayson County, KY; plus two Community Based Outpatient Clinics in Scottsburg, and New Albany, Indiana.

Media Contacts:

Rob Thomas

The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts

(502) 566-5194, rthomas@kentuckycenter.org 

Laura Schafsnitz

Robley Rex VA Medical Center

(502) 287-4227, laura.schafsnitz@va.gov