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Operation ART is a community therapeutic arts program, aiming to provide an expressive outlet for emotional wellbeing in the lives of veterans and their families. We seek to connect veterans and their families with peers in their community through the power of art.

ART always tells a story. Operation ART classes are a way to express emotions without speaking. In 2017, The Joel Fund launched a program to bring ART classes to the Veterans in our community. We have since expanded the program to include Veteran immediate family members and now offer virtual classes across the U.S. Operation ART students have the opportunity to be introduced to new art skills or to continue developing new proficiencies in different ART classes.

Operation ART is supported in part by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources. www.NCArts.org.

“The great unexpected benefit of taking these classes was interacting with other veterans. I've gained some very solid friendships, which I consider a gift beyond a value I can put into words.” 

Jim, Operation ART Participant, Veteran


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Operation ART classes are for active-duty military, veterans, and their families. The Joel Fund improves the lives of veterans and their families by providing a connection to effective non-traditional services.