Veterans get Artsy at the War Memorial

Posted: March 7, 2012 by jerkmag in VAULT -- archives

As the home of the ever-popular Syracuse Crunch and the Syracuse Silver Knights (an indoor soccer team, don’t worry, I had to look it up too), in addition to being the setting for countless conventions and ceremonies, it’s easy to forget the meaning behind the name “War Memorial Arena”. Part of the OnCenter complex along with the civic center theaters and convention center, the arena remains mostly as a sports complex. However, for a few days in March, it will transform into a fine arts showcase for the VA Creative Arts Competition from March 6-8 2012.

The competition is an annual event that works to encourage participation in the arts for veterans. Categories for entry include fine arts, applied arts, craft kit art, and of course, performing arts such as music, dance, drama and even creative writing. So basically, if you’re a veteran and have any sort of artistic inclination, there’s a category for you.

This event isn’t the only one of its kind. In fact, the winner of Syracuse’s competition will go on to the National Show in Boston later this year, in October.

There are about 100 entries in the competition, 75 of them in visual art and 25 in performing art (not too many singing and dancing soldiers, I’m guessing). If you want to get a taste of that, however, head over the to the arena on the final day of the competition to catch the live performances. Support the arts, support America – it’s a win for everyone.

-Diana Pearl

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