Creative Arts Festival - Milwaukee VA Medical Center
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Milwaukee VA Medical Center


Creative Arts Festival

Poster for National Veterans Creative Arts Competition
The entry deadline for the 2021 local Veterans Creative Arts Festival at the Milwaukee VA is Aug. 2, 2021. It is unclear at this time whether the festival will be virtual or in-person. The competition includes categories in the visual arts division that range from oil painting to leatherwork to paint-by-number kits. In addition, there are categories in writing, as well as the performing arts of dance, drama, and music. Call 414-382-5070 for more information.


Milwaukee VA Contacts

  • Visual Arts: Kris Kulas, ext. 41688
  • Dance:  Christine Wiggin, ext. 41685
  • Creative Writing: Courtney Zeller, 414-384-2000, ext. 45981
  • Music: Cassandra McCormick, ext. 41988
  • Drama: Makenzie Kojis, ext. 44938

National Veterans Creative Arts Festival

Co-presented by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the American Legion Auxiliary, the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival (NVCAF) is the celebration and grand finale stage show and art and writing exhibitions which are the culmination of talent competitions in art, creative writing, dance, drama and music for Veterans treated in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) national health care system. Due to the COVID pandemic, the 2021 National Veterans Creative Arts Festival has been delayed until April 18-25 in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Competition Eligibility Criteria

This competition is open to Veterans who are enrolled at a VA Medical Center or Outpatient Clinic BEFORE entering the local competition.An eligible Veteran can enter local competition at only one VA facility per year. He/she can submit an entry in creative writing, dance, drama or music categories with a Veteran or group from another VA facility, but still represents and must go through his/her originating VA facility to enter the competition. This facility should be the site where he/she receives their primary treatment.

2019 Milwaukee VA Creative Arts Festival

Artist Luke Yanny poses beside his artwork of a Marine holiding a childHearts & Minds: Stark reality wins Best of Show

Luke Yanny left the Iraq War in 2004, but the war came home with him. He poured his pain into a series of military portraits, one of which he entered in the creative arts festival in the Military Experiences category. Read the story.

Patrons browse the art works displayTalent abounds at Creative Arts Festival

From painting to pottery, leather work to line drawings, about 75 entries were submitted in more than 30 categories for the creative arts festival at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center. Read the story.

2018 Milwaukee VA Creative Arts Festival

 Video - Watch the interview with Frank Kaiser heading into the 2018 National Veterans Creative Arts Festival

Saddling Up for Creative Arts Festival

Although raised in Wisconsin, Frank Kaiser brought a touch of the Old West to the 2018 National Veterans Creative Arts Festival. He qualified by winning the local competition with a custom-made leather saddle. Read the story.

Contact Info


  • Main hospital, Rm. 3435

Contact Number(s)

  • 414-382-5070 Ext. 45070

Hours of Operation

  • 7:30 - 4 p.m.