Local Creative Arts Festival for Veterans - VA Western New York Healthcare System
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VA Western New York Healthcare System


Local Creative Arts Festival for Veterans

February 21, 2019

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Contact: Evangeline Conley, Public Affairs Officer

Phone:    (716) 862-8753

Cell:         (716) 512-9338

E-mail:   Evangeline.Conley@va.gov


Veterans Participate in Local Creative Arts Festival
Recreation Therapy Makes a Difference in Veterans Lives

Veterans will show off their artistic talents through VA Western New York Healthcare System’s Recreation Therapy’s winter Veterans Creative Arts Festival on Thursday, February 28, 2019. The festival kicks-off at VA WNY Healthcare System, 3495 Bailey Avenue in Buffalo from 11am in Room 301, Freedom Hall and concludes at 2pm.

Veterans enrolled in VA health care, have entered their work in visual arts division categories such as oil painting and leatherwork, and/or performing arts categories, to include music, drama, dance, comedy, and creative writing. VA medical facilities hold local competitions across the nation into their respective Recreation Therapy programs. This annual national competition recognizes Veteran progress and personal recovery made through recreation therapy, and raises the visibility of the creative achievements of our nation’s Veterans after disease, disability, or life crisis.

Winners in each of the categories of the local recreation therapy programs will go on to the 2019 National Veterans Creative Arts Festival level of competition in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

This local Creative Arts Festival is part of VA’s celebration of National Therapeutic Recreation Month, celebrated in February. Throughout the year, recreation therapy activities are offered to Veterans such as creative arts, sled hockey, fly fishing, outrigger canoeing and more, to improve quality of life by enhancing and maintaining motor, physical, social, and cognitive functioning.  These therapies provide opportunities to build confidence, develop coping skills, and integrate the skills learned in treatment settings into community settings. 

For more information on VA Recreation Therapy programs, please call Pam Kaznowski at 716-862-6814.