VA Black Hills Health Care System
VA BHHCS Creative Arts Festival
The Black Hills of South Dakota have a lot of hidden artistic talent. The Veteran population of the Black Hills is no exception. Veterans from all over western South Dakota brought their works of art to the Fort Meade VA Medical Center for the VA Black Hills Health Care System Creative Arts Festival this past week. Some Veterans traveled up to 250 miles to bring their entries.
This year there were 37 entries. Entries were submitted for the photography, oil, water color, pottery, sculpture, wood working and creative writing categories. Even though there were no music entries this year, the sounds of the piano filled the festival thanks to a volunteer, O.C. Summers.
“Music and art are therapeutic,” said Summers. “It makes me feel good to do this for their enjoyment. It’s a thrill to bring joy into their lives.”
Veterans visited and revisited the festival throughout the day to check on their entries and to see the entries of their fellow Veterans. Many who entered works of art this year have done so in the past and some Veterans entered in more than one category.
“I enter in every category I can,” said Alan Moeller. “I like to see my work up here with other Vets.”
Moeller also displays his water colors at the Medical Center year-round, as he has donated several to the VA here.
The day was filled with enjoyment for the Veterans, visitors and the staff. They all enjoyed casting their votes for People’s Choice Award.