503 West Hatcher Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85021
(602) 842-4400

MISSION: We help prevent homelessness and suicides by providing our veterans camaraderie, mentorship, family healing and valuable expressive arts industry skills for economic stability and successful reintegration into civilian life.

At Creative Drill Sergeants our philosophy of using Expressive Arts to heal Veterans begins with healing their families too! Our Veterans need to heal together with their families, as cohesive units, in order to help their Family Unit have a successful transition back into civilian life and prevent Veteran homelessness and/or suicides.

Creative Drill Sergeants (CDS) is a Veteran Owned and Operated 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides our Veterans camaraderie, mentoring, family healing and valuable Expressive Arts industry skills for economic empowerment and stability through enjoyable employment.  In addition, we utilize Trauma Informed Care Practice to help prevent homelessness and suicides among Veterans, especially those with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and other mental and physical issues.


CDS Staff and volunteers utilize Trauma Informed Care Practices to help our Veterans with TBI, PTSD, MST and other mental and physical issues avoid factors that lead to homelessness and suicides.  We strive for a self-transformative healing experience for our Veterans and their families; healing together as cohesive units through Expressive Arts, coping skills, life skills and Holistic mind-body philosophies and practices for successful reintegration into civilian life.

Train in the Expressive Arts Fields

Our Expressive Arts Industry Vocation Skills Training not only affect healing possibilities, but also economic stability for veterans and their youth age 15 up. Expressive Arts Unit (EAU) Members learn skills from qualified mentors that impact their employment enjoyment and potentials for success within Arts fields such as; Graphic Design, Videography, Media, Music and Sound Production, Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Literary Arts and more.

Veteran Artists Employment Project

Secure Enjoyable Employment with Vocational Skills Training in Graphics and Media Arts!

Join Our Elite Expressive Arts Unit to Participate in the Veteran Artists Employment Project for Graphic Design, Printing, and Web Development

Flexible 8 Week Courses and Individual Classes

Our Expressive Arts Unit Members learn valuable industry knowledge from our mentors to build networks, start new careers, gain practical work experience, and earn extra income by participating in our Mission Support Program (MSP) Veteran Artist Employment Project (VAEP). Expressive Arts Instruction, employment skills, life skills, Naturopathic philosophies, and Trauma Informed Care assist CDS and our EAU Instructors to support our EAU Members suffering from trauma and reintegration issues by eliminating barriers — such as stigmas associated with mental health issues and disabilities – through creative expression to achieve post-service success.

Graphic Design and Media Arts

8 Week Certificate Program

REGISTER BY: October 9, 2017

CLASSES START: October 9, 2017

Our 8 Week Certificate Program Classes

Are Available As Individual Skills Workshops

Single Day and Ongoing Classes Available

Check Out Our Calendar of Classes and Upcoming Events!

  • Drawing Classes
  • Sculpting
  • Watercolor Painting
  • Acrylic Painting
  • Metal Fabrication
  • Advanced Graphic Design
  • Container Gardening
  • Holistic Healing