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VA BHHCS invites the public to view 2019 Veterans’ Creative Arts Show

Mar 01, 2019 09:15AM ● By Alyssa McGinnis

VA Black Hills Health Care System invites the public to view the artwork submitted for this year’s creative arts competition. Each show features the extraordinary talents of Veterans competing in several categories at this annual event. Select winners at the local level are invited to compete at the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival.

The public is invited to view the entries at two shows on March 6, 2019 in Building 145, Classroom 108 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at the Fort Meade VA and on March 13, 2019 in the Domiciliary Auditorium from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at the Hot Springs VA.

The competition includes 51 categories in the visual arts division that range from oil painting to leatherwork to paint-by-number kits. In addition, there are 100 categories in the performing arts division including all aspects of music, dance, drama, and creative writing. A panel of local artists will judge entries based on creativity, skill, originality, and overall presentation.    

The purpose of the National Veterans Creative Arts competition is to recognize Veterans for their creative and artistic ability and to demonstrate the therapeutic benefits of the arts.

Creative art therapy is recognized by Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities as one form of rehabilitative treatment to help Veterans recover from and cope with physical and emotional disabilities.