Support The Western Slope Veterans Arts Festival
According to Department of Veterans Affairs, VA facilities 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 enrolled at VA health care facilities compete in a local creative arts competition. The competition includes 51 categories in the visual arts division this year that range from oil painting to leatherwork to paint-by-number kits. In addition, there are 100 categories in the performing arts pertaining to all aspects of music, dance, drama and creative writing.
The local activities this Saturday 12-4p.m. at The Central Library include a community forum and celebration. Local National Medalists from 2015 and 2016 will display and discuss their award-winning art. U.S. Marine and National Geographic photographer Donna Fullerton will present her photographs. Veterans will present one-act plays and share their musical talents.
This Sunday from 1-3p.m.activities include a Dr. Seuss Read-a-Thon, tables for children to make and take patriotic art and Dr. Seuss art, and a table for anyone to create valentines for local hospitalized veterans and active-duty military.
The event this weekend is FREE and open to the public. Please take a few minutes to stop in and support our local veterans at this very special 20th-anniversary event.