Kentucky Center Arts in Healing Program to Host 2013 CELEBRATION OF LIFE Fair, 10/5
The Kentucky Center Arts in Healing Program, in partnership with the Veterans' Voice of Kentuckiana Mental Health Consumer Council, will host the second annual Celebration of Life Fair at American Turners' Park on Saturday, October 5th from 1-5 p.m.
This event, held annually in honor of Suicide Prevention Month, is an opportunity for veterans and their families to spend a fun-filled day together in a safe, family-friendly atmosphere where they can meet and gather resources and information from VA staff and various community organizations. The Fair will feature more than 25 information tables, free pizza, soft drinks, a live band featuring veteran musicians, a DJ, face painting, a bouncy house, games, a masseuse, arts and crafts, and door prizes, among many other activities.
As defined by the National Endowment for the Arts, Arts in Healing is "an international movement that works to infuse the full spectrum of the arts into healthcare settings, including design, visual, performing and literary arts, resulting in programs and healthcare environments that are welcoming and uplifting for caregivers, patients, their families and visitors." The Kentucky Center Arts in Healing program regularly partners with area healthcare providers to take highly acclaimed local and national artists into places of healing, providing quality performances and interactive arts experiences to patients, families and caregivers, and will be on-site at the Celebration of Life event providing arts activities and information on their work at the Rex Robley VA Medical Center.
The Veterans' Voices of Kentuckiana Mental Health Consumer Council is comprised of veterans who have sought out mental health services of their own, and are actively engaged in their own recovery process. They are veterans who advocate on behalf of fellow veterans. The purpose of the Council is to provide a forum for members to express their views and opinions regarding VA services. In partnership with the Robley Rex VA Medical Center, the Council strives to assure that all veterans receive the highest quality of services available to them from the Department of Veterans Affairs and within their community, enabling them to achieve their greatest degree of independence and recovery.