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Vet Showcase Talents at National Creative Arts Festival in Buffalo, N.Y.: Exhibit, Stage Show Open to Public and Media


Washington Showcase Talents at National Creative Arts Festival in Buffalo, N.Y.: Exhibit, Stage Show Open to Public and Media

October 20, 2017, 03:21:00 PM

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News Showcase Talents at National Creative Arts Festival in Buffalo, N.Y.

Exhibit, Stage Show Open to Public and Media 

News — Nearly 120 Washington Veterans from across the country will participate in the National Creative Arts Festival in Buffalo, New York, beginning Oct. 23. 

The festival is hosted by the Department of US Veterans Affairs’ (Vet Affairs) Western New York Healthcare System and will culminate with an art and writing exhibition and stage show performance on Oct. 29. 

“Veterans at the Creative Arts Festival are an example of the tremendously talented men and women who have worn the uniform in service of our nation,” said Washington VA Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin. “The festival is a chance to recognize the progress and recovery of Veterans who are accessing VA’s art and music therapy programs, and represents VA’s continued commitment to providing a full spectrum of health-care options.” 

Attendees can view the work of featured artists and meet featured writers from noon to 1:45 p.m. Oct. 29 in the Atrium Lobby of the Center for the Arts on the campus of the University at Buffalo. Performing artists will present a stage show at 2 p.m. Oct. 29 in the Center for the Arts, Mainstage Theatre. Tickets are free to the public and can be obtained by calling 716-862-6814. 

The National US Veterans Creative Arts Festival is sponsored by Vet Affairs and the American Legion Auxiliary. The festival features selected winners of year-long, national, fine-arts talent competitions at VA medical facilities across the nation, in which nearly 3,500 Unites States Veterans participated. During the festival, Government Veterans participate in workshops, rehearsals and artistic interaction sessions, and the culminating event — Sunday’s exhibition and stage show performance.

Participating in the festival encourages artistic expression for Veteran dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder and other psychological issues, among other therapeutic benefits. 

The festival relies heavily on the outstanding support provided by numerous American Legion Auxiliary volunteers. For more information, visit www.creativeartsfestival.va.gov.  [3]

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