[Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA – May, 30, 2024] – Greentrike is one of 41 organizations nationwide selected to receive a Creative Forces® Community Engagement grant. A grant of $23,958 will support Art Sparks at the Children’s Museum at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Creative Forces Community Engagement Grants are part of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Creative Forces® initiative and are in partnership with Mid-America Arts Alliance. 

“These Creative Forces projects provide important opportunities for military-connected individuals and communities to improve resilience and well-being through arts engagement,” said Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD, chair of the National Endowment for the Arts. “Arts and culture are essential to healing, creating connections, and developing healthy communities where all people can realize their full potential.”

Creative Forces®: NEA Military Healing Arts Network is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the U.S. Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs that seeks to improve the health, well-being, and quality of life for military and veteran populations exposed to trauma, as well as their families and caregivers. The Creative Forces Community Engagement projects serve a broad population of military-connected people, including active-duty service members, guardsmen, reservists, veterans, military and veteran families, as well as caregivers and healthcare workers providing care for military service members and veterans.

We are thrilled to receive the Creative Forces Grant and very appreciative of the National Endowment for the Arts,” said Alyssa Tongue, chief learning experiences officer at Greentrike. “The Creative Forces Grant will bolster the Art Sparks programming for military  families at the only children’s museum in the country located on a military base.”

Art Sparks is a play-based arts education program for military families held in the art studio of our Children’s Museum at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and led by an on-staff artist. The program brings children and their parents/caregivers together to engage in creative activities curated to support the unique needs of military families through connection, community, and healing. Art Sparks is a safe, welcoming program that invites caregivers and children to explore the depth of their creative inspirations with the facilitation of a trained art educator and reaching beyond the limits of a home environment. 

“With these newest Creative Forces projects, we will continue to see how engaging with art creates a path for emotional expression and provides a sense of community and connection, making it a vital component of holistic health care,” said Todd Stein, president and CEO of Mid-America Arts Alliance. “We’re honored to partner with the National Endowment for the Arts to bring these opportunities to new military-connected communities across the country.”

By providing opportunities for engaging in art or art-making, [name of your organization] seeks to help participants gain a better understanding of themselves and others through creative expression, while increasing their sense of belonging to our community. Participation in the arts often leads to individual and shared sense of purpose, as well as positive self-worth, supporting their ability to adapt and readjust to life’s challenges.

For more information on other projects included in this grant announcement as well as resources for arts engagement with military-connected populations, visit creativeforcesnrc.arts.gov.

About Greentrike

Greentrike is a nonprofit that advocates for and models equitable access to playful experiences for children, youth, and families — because play is essential for learning, joy, and a thriving community. Greentrike powers the Children’s Museums of Tacoma and at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, both locations offering a donation-based admission program called Pay As You Will. Greentrike champions play and early learning through programs such as Play to Learn Pierce County, Preschool Powered by Play, Expanded Learning Opportunities, Cares Kits, and provides diapering resources through  the Monarch Diaper Bank.

About the Creative Forces Initiative 

Creative Forces®: NEA Military Healing Arts Network is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the U.S. Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs that seeks to improve the health, well-being, and quality of life for military and veteran populations exposed to trauma, as well as their families and caregivers. Creative Forces is managed in partnership with Civic Arts, the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, and Mid-America Arts Alliance. More information can be found at arts.gov/CreativeForces and CreativeForcesNRC.arts.gov or follow us on X (formerly Twitter), Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

About the National Endowment for the Arts 

Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is an independent federal agency that is the largest funder of the arts and arts education in communities nationwide and a catalyst of public and private support for the arts. By advancing equitable opportunities for arts participation and practice, the NEA fosters and sustains an environment in which the arts benefit everyone in the United States. To learn more, visit arts.gov or follow us on X, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

About Mid-America Arts Alliance 

Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA) strengthens and supports artists, cultural organizations, and communities throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, and beyond. To learn more about M-AAA grants, programs, exhibitions, and fellowships, visit wwwwww.maaa.org.maaa.org and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, X (formerly Twitter), and LinkedIn.

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