Fargo VA Health Care System
ICARE Story - Veteran Art
“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life”.
To respect and honor the talent and creativity of our Veterans, the Bemidji CBOC has initiated a project to enhance the healing environment of the clinic and display Veteran artwork. After Dr. William Petersen’s first year of service with the VA, he recognized how many talented veterans there were in the Bemidji, MN area and was inspired to honor and recognize this talent. After attending Patient Centered Care training, he was motivated to honor Veteran artists.
Dr. Petersen, Cheryl Fredenburg, MSA and Grant Bauer, MHSW developed a plan to invite Veteran artists to submit their artwork for display in the waiting room or hallways of the clinic on a rotational basis. The response has been overwhelmingly positive for staff and veterans! They have had a number of veterans express interest in having their artwork displayed.
Currently, the artwork includes watercolor painting, photography and poetry. It has been quite an honor for Veterans to have their artwork displayed in the clinic. It has increased their confidence and self-esteem.