National Veterans Creative Arts Festival Artists embark to Buffalo

Buffalo, New YorkVeterans from around the nation will be coming to Buffalo, October 23–30 for the 2017 National Veterans Creative Arts Festival (NVCAF). This national event is the celebration and grand finale stage and art show of talent competitions representing 51 categories of art, creative writing, dance, drama and music, for Veterans across the nation, treated in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system.

Over 120 Veterans will exhibit their artwork or perform musical, dance, dramatic or original writing selections in a gala variety show to be held Sunday, October 29 at UB Center for the Arts. The art exhibit and creative writers’ meet and greet takes place from noon–1:45 pm in the Atrium, and the stage show begins at 2 pm on the Mainstage Theatre. A professional orchestra will accompany the performance. VA medical facilities incorporate creative arts into their recreation therapy programs enhancing rehabilitation for both inpatients and outpatients. This annual competition recognizes the progress and recovery made through creative arts therapy, and raises the visibility of the creative achievements of our Nation’s Veterans after disease, disability or life crisis.

Two local winners will participate; James Becker’s “Intraflection” stood out in the Military Combat Experience category and David Krieger’s, “They Call Me Jake” in the essay (other) category.

“This showcase of talented Veterans highlights the therapeutic benefits of the arts,” shared Pamela Kaznowski, VA Western New York Healthcare System Recreation Therapy Supervisor and Host site coordinator. “This is an exciting event for Veterans, VA staff, volunteers and the community. Everyone is welcome to attend the October 29th event! ”

Tickets are available by calling 716-862-6814 for this free event open to the public, presented by Department of Veterans Affairs and American Legion Auxiliary.