VA Boston Healthcare System
National Veterans Creative Arts Festival Heading to Boston
Nationwide, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities use the creative arts as one 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 facilities compete in a local creative arts competition. The competition includes 53 categories in the visual arts division this year that range from oil painting to leatherwork to paint-by-number kits.
In addition, there are 120 categories in the performing arts pertaining to all aspects of music, dance, drama and creative writing. A national selection committee chooses first, second and third place winners among all of the entries.
Select winners are invited to attend the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival.
The Veterans invited to participate in the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival are selected winners from the 2012 national competition.
The 2012 Festival will be hosted by VA Boston Healthcare System and held in Quincy and Boston, Massachusetts.
Featuring the first place national winning artwork from 53 categories.
Date: Friday, October 12, 2012
Time: 10 a.m. â€“ 2 p.m.
Location: Great Hall
Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon Street
Free admission, no ticket required.
Date: Sunday, October 14, 2012
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Cutler Majestic Theatre at Emerson College
219 Tremont Street
Free admission, but tickets are required for admittance to the stage show.
To obtain free tickets and for other information, call
Purpose of the Competition and Festival
The key purpose of the National Veterans Creative Arts competition and Festival is to recognize Veterans for their creative accomplishments and to educate and demonstrate to communities throughout the country the therapeutic benefits of the arts.