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


Local VA hosts Veterans Winter Creative Arts Festival

January 19, 2016

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Contact: Evangeline Conley, Public Affairs Officer
Phone: (716) 862-8753
Fax: (716) 512-9338
E-mail: Evangeline.conley@va.gov

                                                           Healing Through Creative Arts
                                         Local VA hosts Veterans Winter Creative Arts Festival

Nationwide, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities use the creative arts as a form of rehabilitative treatment to help Veterans recover from and cope with physical and emotional disabilities. Across the country each year, Veterans treated at VA medical centers compete in local creative arts contests. This competition includes 53 art categories, ranging from oil painting to leatherwork to paint-by-number kits. In addition, there are 120 categories pertaining to all aspects of music, dance, drama, and creative writing. The creative writing division is a more recent addition to the competition and includes original works in poetry, essay, short story, and personal experience writing.

VA Western New York Healthcare System’s Buffalo site, 3495 Bailey Avenue, will host a winter Veterans Creative Arts Festival on Thursday, February 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Freedom Hall (Room 301). Veterans that would like to participate have until February 5 to submit their artwork to the Recreation Therapy department. The public is invited to attend the local festival and enjoy a wide variety of creative art forms displayed by local Veterans, including poetry, music and art.