Veterans Affairs Western New York Healthcare System’s Buffalo site, 3495 Bailey Ave., will host a winter Veterans Creative Arts Festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday.
The public is invited to attend the local festival in Freedom Hall, Room 301, and enjoy a wide variety of creative art forms displayed by area veterans, including poetry, music and art. The event is part of a national effort at VA medical facilities to use the creative arts as a form of rehabilitative treatment to help veterans recover from and cope with physical and emotional disabilities.
Across the country each year, Veterans treated at VA medical centers compete in local creative arts contests. This competition includes 53 art categories, ranging from oil painting to leatherwork to paint-by-number kits. In addition, there are 120 categories pertaining to all aspects of music, dance, drama, and creative writing. The creative writing division is a more recent addition to the competition and includes original works in poetry, essay, short story, and personal experience writing.