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Arts and Performance

Syracuse Veterans Creative Arts Competition Exhibition Opening

October 5, 2023 at 12:00pm2:00pm EDT

National Veterans Resource Center, NVRC Gallery, Lower Level

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Hosted in partnership with the Syracuse Veterans Administration Medical Center, the local creative arts competition showcases visual and performing arts, and creative writing from Veterans receiving healthcare at the Syracuse VA. Medical facilities across the VA use the creative arts to enhance the physical, social, and emotional well-being of Veterans. We applaud these veteran artists and on October 5 from noon-2 p.m. at the NVRC; we welcome all veteran participants and their friends and families to be involved in this formal recognition ceremony. The National Veterans Creative Arts Festival in collaboration with the American Legion Auxiliary, provides eligible Veterans an opportunity to compete in a national creative arts competition in visual arts categories ranging from oil painting to woodworking to paint-by-number kits. In addition, there are categories in writing as well as the performing arts of dance, drama, and music. Local winning entries advance to a national judging process that will be completed in February 2024, and artists awarded first place at the national level are invited to attend the 43rd National Veterans Creative Arts Festival in Denver, Colorado, in Spring 2024. The festival is a celebration of the arts and artists who participate, as well as a demonstration of the therapeutic benefits of the arts.

The National Veterans Resource Center (NVRC) gallery is an interdisciplinary partnership between the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ Department of Creative Arts Therapy and the School of Design’s museum studies program as well as Syracuse University’s D’Aniello Institute for Veterans and Military Families and the Office for Veterans and Military Families. The NVRC gallery serves not only as a place where people visit to enjoy artwork, but a place where visitors are engaged to promote a deeper understanding of the experiences of Veterans, service members, and their families. Through public engagement in art exhibitions, the gallery promotes dialogue, public education, and community building.

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This event was published on October 4, 2023.

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