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The Therapeutic Arts Scholarship… and the Winners Are

National Veterans Creative Arts Festival

The Therapeutic Arts Scholarship is a recently added opportunity for Veterans who enter the Creative Arts Competition. During the local competition phase (January 1 – April 1), VA staff persons had the opportunity to nominate one Veteran from their facility for consideration to attend the Festival based on a therapeutic objective. A narrative explaining the therapeutic benefits that he or she will receive from attending the Festival must accompany the Veteran’s entry. The Veteran must be entered in at least one category in any of the five divisions. Nominations are open to first-time participants at the Festival, but not necessarily first time participants in the creative arts competition.

Spirit's Saddle, by Elsa Nethercot - VAMC Portland, Ore.

Spirit's Saddle 
Applied Art, Mixed Media
Elsa Nethercot - VAMC Portland, Ore.

A panel made up of national committee members review each of the nominations and select the individual who will benefit most from participating in this year’s Festival. The scholarship allows the recipients to participate in the Festival with all lodging and meal expenses paid.

Six scholarship recipients were selected this year - three visual artists and three performing artists. Visual arts scholarship recipients Steven Goodwine from Las Vegas, Nev., Melvin Peshlakai from Albuquerque, N.M., and Philip Trapane from Wilkes-Barre, Pa., are attending the visual arts workshops and alternate activities. Joseph Copeland from Amarillo, Texas; Robert Piggee from Des Moines, Iowa; and Steven Brozyna from Lyons, N.J., are the scholarship recipients from the performing arts division and will be singing as chorus members in the stage show later this week.

We would like to congratulate the recipients of this years’ Therapeutic Arts Scholarship and encourage all staff members to consider nominating a Veteran from your facility for the 2012 scholarships. As we all know, the Festival provides great therapeutic benefit and rehabilitation for our nation’s heroes, so be sure to take part in this great opportunity.

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