NC Arts and Military Conference Slated for Jacksonville in March

Raleigh, N.C. (February 19, 2018) —The North Carolina Arts Council, the Jacksonville/Onslow County Arts Council, Coastal Carolina Community College, and Camp Lejeune will host an arts and military conference on March 9 and 10 in Jacksonville as part of Creative Forces: NEA Military Healing Arts Network.

Creative Forces is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in partnership with the U.S. Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, along with state and local arts agencies. The network places creative arts therapies at the core of patient-centered care at 11 military medical facilities across the country, as well as a telehealth program to reach patients in rural and remote areas. Camp Lejeune is one of the clinical sites.

The goal of the conference is to convene the local arts and military communities to create a community-based network to provide arts programs targeted for military personnel, their families, and veterans.

The conference will begin with an opening event the evening of March 9 followed by the all-day conference on March 10. Click here for the full schedule.

Officials from the NEA, N.C. Arts Council, and Camp Lejeune, and North Carolina artists who are also veterans will be available for interviews about the initiative and the impact creative arts therapies are making in the lives of military patients in North Carolina and beyond.

Media outlets can attend the conference or one or two sessions but must register in advance. If you are interested in attending and speaking with any of the participants, please contact Rebecca Moore at 919.807.6530 or, or Sandra Davidson at 919.807.6517 or

WHAT:             Creative Forces Arts and Military Conference

WHEN:            Friday, March 9, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Jacksonville-Onslow Council for the Arts

                        Saturday, March 10, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Coastal Carolina Community College

WHERE:         Coastal Carolina Community College: 444 Western Blvd, Jacksonville, N.C. 28546  

WHO:              Jane Chu, chairman, National Endowment for the Arts 

                        Wayne Martin, executive director, N.C. Arts Council

                        Officials with the Intrepid Spirit Concussion Recovery Clinic at Camp Lejeune      

                        Two North Carolina artists, who are also veterans 

                        Joseph Bathanti, former NC Poet Laureate, who launched a veterans writing program

About the North Carolina Arts Council

The North Carolina Arts Council builds on our state’s long-standing love of the arts, leading the way to a more vibrant future. The Arts Council is an economic catalyst, fueling a thriving nonprofit creative sector that generates $2.12 billion in annual direct economic activity. The Arts Council also sustains diverse arts expression and traditions while investing in innovative approaches to art-making. The North Carolina Arts Council has proven to be a champion for youth by cultivating tomorrow’s creative citizens through arts education.

North Carolina Partners: Jacksonville-Onslow Council for the Arts, Coastal Carolina Community College, and Camp Lejeune.