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National Veterans Creative Arts Festival

The National Veterans Creative Arts Festival (NVCAF) - FACT SHEET

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:

October 21 - 27, 2013

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 and Stage Show

Art Exhibit: Open to the public (time and location to be determined)

Stage Show:
2:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Grand Theatre
Grand Sierra Resort
2500 East Second Street
Reno, Nevada 89595

Presented by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the American Legion Auxiliary.

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

Host:
VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System
975 Kirman Avenue
Reno, Nevada 89502
Contact: Stephanie Torian, Host Site Coordinator – (775) 328-1411

Admission:
Free, but tickets are required to the stage show.
Call (775) 328-1411 for ticket information after September 1, 2013.

Media:
Jordan Schupbach, Public Affairs Coordinator, (202) 664-3733
Darin Farr, VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System, Darin.Farr@va.gov


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