The Workhouse Military in the Arts Initiative (WMAI) is rooted in the Workhouse Arts Center’s desire to address the needs and to improve the lives of military service members, veterans, their families, and caregivers through the arts. WMAI seeks to increase equity, access, and opportunities for veterans to participate in quality arts programming that is sensitive and responsive to their unique experiences. Participants engage in whole human wellness for transformative experiences in art psychotherapy, therapeutic art making, performance art, culinary arts, and health and wellness as a multidisciplinary experience designed to support healing. WMAI’s Programs are FREE and open to all US Military branches, and reservists, regardless of duty status and their direct family members.
WMAI programming has been made possible through donations, fundraising, sponsorships and grants. All programs, art therapy services, and classes are FREE to service members and their family members. New programs are constantly being added. Click HERE to see our complete list of available programs.
• Individual & Group Art Therapy in a supportive, provided in a non-clinical environment
• Open Studio Saturdays for military artists, family members and caregivers
• Dedicated Sunday Ceramics and Glass weekly classes for Service Members Only
• Recovery Forge Open Studio every weekend (Saturday & Sunday, Spring through Fall)
COVID-19 UPDATE AND WORKHOUSE POLICY: At this time, we are asking for participates to please register in advance for all Open Studio and Make & Take workshops. Group sizes are limited with social distancing and cleaning practices in place. We also ask that all participates follow CDC guidelines and wear a mask or face covering when attending group, workshops, or programming at the Workhouse Art Center and Workhouse Military in the Arts Initiative.
The WMAI Open Studio is intended to foster creativity and encourage experimentation in an atmosphere of cultural exchange, conversation, encouragement, and freedom of expression. The Open Studio is monitored and run by our art therapist, military artist in resident and guest professional artists, from the Workhouse Art Center. Designed to bring military families, veterans, retirees, active duty and reservists together, the WMAI Open Studio allows the current or former service member a chance to express themselves artistically, and work alongside fellow service members in a safe and creativity-fueled environment.
Our programming has been made possible through donations, fundraising, sponsorships and grants. A special thank you to the Potomac Health Foundation, The National Endowment of the Arts, The Chaney Foundation, Creative Forces, the Virginia Commission of the Arts and are numerous donors which has allowed us to program these experiences! All the experiences listed here are specific to our Nation’s Armed Forces and their families. To participate you must be a direct family member of an individual who has served in any US Military branch or an Active Duty, Veteran, or Retired Veteran yourself. Though the experiences below are free, we do require each student register at least 48 hours in advance.
Those who serve in the armed forces face unique challenges, such as frequent moves, unusual work schedules, stress, trouble sleeping, and more. These challenges make it increasingly difficult to participate in social activities that can benefit a student’s mental, behavioral and social health. The WMAI understands these challenges and is honored to back our military through tuition assistance in support of a service member’s personal goals in the therapeutic and healing qualities of the arts. This tuition assistance is open to all those who do or have served in any of the military service branches including the National Guard and reservists. It is now also open to Military Spouse and direct children of Military parents. Students are permitted one subsidy, per student, per quarter and must apply by providing a one-page, cover letter that demonstrates financial need and explains how taking the course will benefit them either behaviorally, socially, mentally or physically. Post course, the student will be asked to fill out a survey about their experience. The WMAI subsidy will cover 100% of the student’s tuition and any programmatic materials associated with the course. Personal materials and outside-class purchased materials will not be covered.
WMAI is excited to provide clinical individual and group art psychotherapy services for our military veterans, family members and caregivers through our Art Therapy Program. Our Art Therapist, Art Therapist, Alyssa Goggan, MA, ATR-BC, LGPC, LGPAT. She is supporting our Military in the Arts Initiative by providing FREE individual and/or group art therapy, operating the weekly Open Studio and conducting other therapeutic art workshops for our military community with area mental health professionals, military base personnel and Workhouse staff.
Click here to visit our Art Therapy Programs and Services page for more information and applicable forms.