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Sharon Native Takes Top Honors

Sharon Native Takes Top Honors
WASHINGTON – Terry Carr, an Army veteran from Sharon, Tenn., has been invited to attend the 2007 National Veterans Creative Arts Festival in St. Louis, Mo., October 22-28. At the event, he will join more than 120 other veterans from across the country selected for the annual program.
Carr won first place in the national art competition in the color photography category.
The Festival showcases the talents of America’s veterans who have participated in year-long talent competitions in art, music, drama, dance and creative writing. The competition is open to all veterans receiving care at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities.
There were more than 2,800 participants nationwide vying for an invitation to this year’s Festival from nearly 100 VA facilities nationwide. Invitations to participate in the 2007 event in St. Louis were sent to more than 120 of the medal-winning veterans.
VA medical facilities incorporate creative arts into their recreation therapy programs. Many of the veterans who participate in these programs are facing significant physical or emotional challenges.
This annual competition recognizes the progress and recovery made through creative art therapy, and raises the visibility of the creative achievements of our nation’s veterans after disease, disability or life crisis.
The program demonstrates how creative expression helps facilitate successful treatment for a variety of health related issues.
At this year’s national event, all participating veterans will come to St. Louis for a week of rehearsals and workshops, concluding on Sunday, Oct. 28 with a visual art exhibit and gala variety stage show at the Touhill Performing Arts Center, located on the University of Missouri – St. Louis campus.
The visual artists will exhibit their work from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. on Oct. 28 in the theatre lobby. At 2 p.m., performers in music, drama and dance will showcase their talent in the stage show, backed by a professional orchestra. Jane Powell, renowned actress of Hollywood’s golden era, will serve as mistress of ceremonies for the show.
In addition to workshops, educational sessions and rehearsals, the participants will also visit local areas of interest including the Missouri Botanical Garden, the City Museum, the Gateway Arch and Museum of Westward Expansion.
Most Festival activities as well as the opening and closing ceremonies will take place at the Renaissance St. Louis Hotel Airport.
The Festival is presented by VA, the American Legion Auxiliary and Help Hospitalized Veterans. It is hosted this year by the St. Louis VA Medical Center.
For more information about the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival, please contact Susan Fleece, program specialist, at (734) 845-3706 or cell (734) 417-6260; or visit the Festival’s Web site at www.creativeartsfestival.va.gov.
Beginning Oct. 26, individual news releases and photos will be available on the Web site for all local veterans, located on the “Participant Information” page.
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