Local veterans' artwork to be featured in two art shows

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - VA Black Hills Health Care System invites the public to attend the 2018 Veterans Creative Arts Shows. The Fort Meade show is March 7, 2018, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in Building 145, Classroom 108. The Hot Springs show will be on March 14, 2018, from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm in the Domiciliary Auditorium at the Hot Springs VA.

The shows will feature artwork in the categories of visual arts, performing arts and creative writing. Judging takes place earlier in the day with all submissions available for viewing at the show. Select winners at the local level are invited to compete at the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival.

The purpose of the National Veterans Creative Arts competition is to recognize veterans for their creative and artistic ability and to demonstrate the therapeutic benefits of the arts. Creative art therapy is recognized by Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities as one form of rehabilitative treatment to help Veterans recover from and cope with physical and emotional disabilities.