ArtTroop is a free, bi-monthly program designed to empower veterans and active military service members by encouraging them to tell their stories through art making. ArtTroop creates a positive and stress-free atmosphere to help students build artistic confidence and problem-solving skills, strengthen identity through therapeutic arts activities, and develop community with their peers.

Throughout the year, students are introduced to a variety of art media and techniques and explore themes of art, life, and healing. Running from February to November, each class is a three-hour block of exploration and reflection. The program culminates with a month-long exhibition in November, the opening of which coincides with Veterans Day.

November 13, 2021 - Applications will be open to attendees of our Veterans Art Day event.

November 15, 2021 - The online application is open to the public.

December 20, 2021 - The application is due by 5 p.m. 

*Students will be selected based on submission date, completion of application materials, thoughtfulness in responses, and expressed commitment level. Previous art experience is not required.

ArtTroop aims to cultivate a safe, inclusive, and supportive space. That said, while this program is therapeutic in nature, it is not a therapy service. Our instructors are not licensed therapists, but rather professional teaching artists who come with years of studio experience and a commitment to compassion, empathy, and respect.


Three images of ArtTroop members, the first image shows two men holding up masks that they made. The second image shows a group of people working together on an art project with cardboard and scissors. The last photo shows one woman in the printmaking studio.



If you would like more information about ArtTroop, contact Nikki Sullivan, Director of Outreach + Community Programs, at [email protected] or 317.255.2464 x 2220.



ArtTroop, presented by Jim and Pat LaCrosse.