Veterans Arts Competition Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee

NOW: Veterans Arts Competition Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee
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The National Veterans Creative Arts Competition hosts several regional competitions among our nation's Veterans during the months of January, February and March.

Veterans enrolled at VA medical facilities or outpatient clinics are invited to enter their art, music, dance, drama and creative writing entries into the local competition phase.

As is the case with most facilities, Milwaukee's Zablocki VA Medical Center many times opens to the public the exhibits and performances by the competitors.

This allows the community to learn about the arts as therapy and congratulate the Veterans for their artistic achievements.

Recently, the public was invited to meet and admire the work of VA worker Willie Weaver-Bey.

His exhibit entitled from prison to portraits covers an array of genres, celebrating Willie's ability to learn how to paint while behind bars and now using his art as a way to reach other veterans.

With the involvement of VA staff and volunteers, entries are submitted into the local competition. There are a total of 51 categories in the visual arts, divided into fine art, applied art and craft kit sub-divisions. Fine art categories include painting, watercolor, drawing and sculpture. Applied arts categories such as ceramics, woodworking, metalwork and glasswork and craft kits such as model building, needlework and leatherwork offer a variety of options with something for just about every artist.

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