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National Veterans Creative Arts Festival

What

The National Veterans Creative Arts Festival (NVCAF) is the celebration and grand finale stage and art show, 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.

Who

Approximately 120 Veterans will exhibit their artwork or perform musical, dance, dramatic or original writing selections in a gala variety show. A professional orchestra will accompany the performance. All Veterans invited to participate are selected winners of year-long, national fine arts talent competitions in which thousands of Veterans enter, from VA medical facilities across the nation.


When

Festival: October 8 - 14, 2012


Why

VA medical facilities incorporate creative arts into their recreation therapy programs to further the rehabilitation milieu for both inpatients and outpatients. This annual competition recognizes the progress and recovery made through that therapy, and raises the visibility of the creative achievements of our Nation's Veterans after disease, disability or life crisis.


Art Exhibit

Friday, October 12, 2012, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Great Hall

Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon Street
Boston, Massachusetts


Stage Show

Sunday, October 14, 2012, 2:00 p.m.

Cutler Majestic Theatre
219 Tremont Street
Boston, Massachusetts


Presented by

Department of Veterans Affairs, the American Legion Auxiliary and Help Hospitalized Veterans.

Director

Elizabeth Mackey, MT-BC
Director National Veterans Creative Arts Festival
(320) 255-6351


Host

VA Boston Healthcare System

Contact: Ralph Marche, Host Site Coordinator (857) 364-5069


Admission

Free, but tickets are required to the stage show.

Call (857) 364-2443 for ticket information.


Media

Jordan Schupbach, Public Affairs Coordinator, (720) 238-7795

Diane Keefe, VA Boston Healthcare System, (857) 203-5879


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