4-8-11: The Arts, Post-Service
For some of the 450,000 veterans living in Maryland, the arts play a crucial role in their lives after active duty. Some vets pursue new careers, while others benefit from art and music therapy; it’s becoming increasingly common in treating both physical and psychological wounds.
For all these reason, many veterans in Maryland have developed artistic talents … and many of those will be on display tomorrow afternoon for the Maryland Veterans Creative Arts Festival. It takes place in Beltsville, sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary Department in Maryland, and involves both an art exhibit and a stage show.
We talk with a veteran who will perform there: Temeka Thompson was on active duty in the U. S. Air Force for eight years, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. She currently lives in Waldorf, Maryland, and she’s now pursuing a career as a singer. You can hear more of her work here, and check out her website here.
We also talk with David Otto, a certified music therapist, about how art therapy works. David is also the Business Manager for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service for the VA Maryland Health Care System.
In this web extra, you can hear Temeka sing one of her own compositions, called “Fill This House,” from her album “Bow Down.”