Arts for Veterans
Beginning in 2014, thanks to the Veterans Initiative in the Arts grant from the California Arts Council, DNACA has implemented an Arts for Veterans program. Partnering with Crescent City's Veterans' Service Office and VFW Hall, DNACA was able to reach out to hundreds of local veterans in order to learn how best to serve them with such a meaningful grant. After receiving input from the Ladies' Auxiliary, a PTSD support group, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1381, it was determined that arts workshops, the building's mural receiving a touch-up, and complimentary tickets to DNACA's performance series would be most appreciated.
Since its inception, DNACA has been able to offer several workshops including: guitar classes from local teaching artist and musician Dale Morgan; drum circles from local teaching artist, musician, and Vietnam veteran Mombo Hernandez; and a variety of visual arts classes such as drawing, watercolor, and oil and acrylic painting by local teaching artists Audi Stanton and SaraDee Broderick. All of these are available at no charge for veterans and their family members and the teaching artists receive professional compensation for their work.
DNACA has also underwritten complimentary season tickets for an average of 15 veterans and family members each year.
In June 2017, artist Rosemary Garcia refreshed the murals flanking the VFW Hall, bringing back its beauty honoring the veterans of our community.