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


Government 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 US Vets 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 Veteran Affairs’ (Government Veterans 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 Veteran Affairs Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin. “The festival is a chance to recognize the progress and recovery of Veteran 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 completely free to the public and can be obtained by calling 716-862-6814. 

The National Vets 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 Veteran Affairs medical facilities across the nation, in which nearly 3,500 Veterans participated. During the festival, Vet 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 Veterans 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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