VA announces first broadcast of
Creative Arts Festival
(Aug. 10, 2006) - Americans nationwide will have the
opportunity to see the talents of veterans from across the
fall with the first syndicated television broadcast of the
Veterans Creative Arts Festival.
The syndicated broadcast of the Festival, sponsored by the
Veterans Affairs, Help Hospitalized Veterans and the
Auxiliary, is made possible through a partnership with South
Public Broadcasting and the National Educational
broadcast is an unprecedented event that will showcase the
work of veterans and the positive impact of the creative
arts in the
lives of those who served in uniform," said the Honorable R.
Nicholson, Secretary of Veterans Affairs. "For the first
Americans from coast to coast will be able to see
Nicholson was joined in the announcement by Mike Lynch,
director of Help Hospitalized Veterans; Carol Van Kirk,
president of the American Legion Auxiliary; and Bob Bosse,
television for South Dakota Public Broadcasting.
The 2006 National Veterans Creative Arts Festival is being
held in Rapid
City, South Dakota beginning October 16 and will culminate
in a live
stage show of music, dance and drama Sunday, October 22.
Under the terms of the partnership, VA will work with South
Public Broadcasting to condense the stage show into a
television presentation which will then be closed captioned
distributed through the National Educational
Association to Public Broadcasting System stations
target date for the broadcast on local PBS affiliates is the
Veterans Day 2006.
"I cannot think of a more fitting Veterans Day tribute than
broadcast of this fine demonstration of talent by America's
said Nicholson. "We are extremely grateful for the help and
of South Dakota Public Broadcasting and the National
Telecommunications Association for making this dream a
Approximately 130 veterans will exhibit their artwork or
musical, dance, dramatic or original writing selections in a
variety show. A professional orchestra will accompany the
All veterans invited to participate are selected winners of
national fine arts talent competitions at VA medical
VA medical facilities incorporate creative arts into their
therapy programs. This annual competition recognizes the
recovery made through that therapy, and raises the
visibility of the
creative achievements of our nation's veterans after
or life crisis.