Arts for Veterans
Beginning in 2014, thanks to the Veterans in the Arts grant from the California Arts Council, DNACA has implemented our 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 in-depth arts workshops, a revitalization of the building’s mural, and complimentary tickets to DNACA’s performance series would be most appreciated and useful.
Since its inception, DNACA has been able to offer several workshops including: guitar classes; drum circles; a variety of visual arts classes such as drawing, watercolor, and oil and acrylic painting; creative writing; and more. 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 luster in honor of the veterans of our community.
In November 2018, DNACA partnered with the California Redwoods Art Association to curate an exhibit of photos and stories from local veterans. It will be open to the public in the Crescent City Cultural Center for Veterans’ Day 2019 with the goal to display them in the VFW Hall afterward. They will also become a part of the Library of Congress in D.C. in the Veterans’ History Project.
Visit our Community Arts Calendar and acebook Page for upcoming workshop offerings and other events as a part of this program.