Creative Arts Festival
The Milwaukee Veterans Affairs Medical Center is seeking veterans in the performing and visual arts for the local creative arts festival in February, with a chance to attend the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival, Oct. 28 to Nov. 3, 2019, in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Deadline to enter the visual arts show is Feb. 6. Deadline for performing arts, including all digital music or video files is Feb. 7.
To sign up or for more info, call 414-382-5070, then follow the prompts for creative writing, music, drama, dance and visual arts.
The contest is open to all Veterans who get care at VA. Many use it as part of their therapy to heal from post-traumatic stress and a variety of other health care concerns.
There are more than 100 categories in performing, visual arts and creative writing. Some of the art categories include: painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, paint-by-numbers, and leather work. Performing arts categories include dance, drama, music and more.
The local visual arts show is Feb. 11 in the third-floor recreation hall with judging at 9 a.m. and a reception open to the public at 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., as well as 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 12 and 13.
The local performing arts shows take place 2 and 6:30 p.m. Feb. 14 in the recreation hall, with different acts for each show. It is open to the public.
The top winners go to the national competition, and many of those first-place winners are selected for the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival where the best work is displayed and veterans put on a two-hour stage show.