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Arts and Crafts

Arts and Crafts Programs at Army garrisons have a wide range of creative classes and activities. Each one offers unique activities designed with different ages and interests in mind, including:

  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Woodworking
  • Jewelry making
  • Pottery
  • Fibers/Textiles

  • Digital art/Photography
  • Stained glass
  • Contemporary craft


"Daddy's Watch" (photo of baby in helmet)

Many Arts and Crafts Programs also offer services, such as framing, engraving and embroidery. Find out what your local garrison has available to fulfill your Arts and Crafts projects or stop in to purchase a special plaque to honor a Soldier or Spouse or customized gifts such as T-shirts or personalized mugs.

We make it a high priority to keep current on the latest arts and crafts trends. We have the tools and supplies you need to create something special. With so many choices, there is something for everyone.

The Arts and Crafts Program promotes Soldier and Family morale, fosters individual self-improvement and resiliency, and enriches the community’s cultural quality of life by offering affordable and quality instruction and hands–on assistance with creative arts.

Learn more about the history of the Family and MWR Arts Program

We’re looking forward to helping you create!

Showcase Your Creations

If you’re ready to share your creative talents, consider the Army Digital Photography Contest and the Army Arts and Crafts Contest. They are annual competitions for Army patrons and recognize the talent and originality of Soldiers, Family members and Army Civilians. Entries are submitted from Army garrisons worldwide, include entries from Soldiers of deployed units and showcase some of the most original and creative minds at work.
  • Army Arts and Crafts Contest: The 2015 Arts and Crafts Contest recognizes the artistic talent and creativity of our Soldiers, Army Civilians and their Family members. The contest was judged September 18, 2015. Winning entries may be viewed at the contest website. Judges were honored to have the pleasure of sharing in the talent presented. Log in with your email address and password and select "Gallery of Winners" under "Past Winners", on the blue menu bar. Winners in each division are shown in separate slide shows.  Congratulations to all who entered!
  • Army Digital Photography Contest: This contest celebrates photographic skills from two divisions (Active Duty and Other Eligible Patrons). Participants enter their work in one of seven categories, including: Animals, Design Elements, Digital Darkroom, Military Life, Nature/Landscapes, People and Still Life. Monetary prizes are awarded for the first, second and third place winners in each category. Check with your local Arts and Crafts or Recreation office for more information. 

    Entry Period
    The Photo Contest begins on November 1, 2015 and ends on December 31, 2015.

    How to Enter
    All participants must complete an online profile and submit their images through the
    official website.

    *Please review the
    participant guidelines for more information on rules and how to enter.

You can also view the winners on our Pinterest Page.

To contact the IMCOM G-9 Arts and Crafts program, please email usarmy.jbsa.imcom-hq.mbx.army-arts-auto-crafts@mail.mil.
"Hide and Seek" (child playing hide and seek)

Learn more about the
history of the Family and MWR Arts Program

Find out what your local garrison has available for your Arts and Crafts projects.

We’re looking forward to helping you create!

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