Arts & Crafts

We’ve got U.S. Army MWR spaces and resources to inspire you and your creative side.

Help Heal Veterans sponsors FamilyMWR

Help Heal Veterans is sponsoring Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation to bring therapeutic craft kits to Army families, veterans and all eligible MWR patrons.

Army Arts and Crafts and FMWR, parts of U.S. Army Installation Management Command, are working with Help Heal Vets to give families and veterans these free kits.

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Help Heal Veterans, established in 1971, provides free therapeutic craft kits to hospitalized and homebound veterans and is expanding their reach through this sponsorship. Their craft kits help injured and recuperating veterans improve fine motor skills and cognitive functioning, manage stress and substance abuse and cope with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries, while also improving their sense of self-esteem and overall physical and mental health.

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“As an ‘Army brat,’ I’ve experienced first-hand the critical role MWR plays in improving the quality of life for service members and their families,” said Ana Compton, TITLE for Help Heal Vets. “Being able to sponsor with MWR, an organization dedicated to serving soldiers and their families, is a game-changer for Heal Vets. This sponsorship ensures the therapeutic crafts we create will have an even greater impact in supporting the healing process of our warfighters through increased distribution.”

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The organization has shipped craft kits to multiple garrisons including USAG Vicenza, Camp Darby and USAG Bavaria. The kits can be picked up at the garrison’s MWR facilities. More kits will be shipped to various garrisons over the course of six months.


Contact your local MWR office for access to these free therapeutic craft kits. 


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No federal endorsement intended. For more information about Help Heal Veterans visit


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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
  • Contemporary craft
  • Digital art/Photography
  • Stained glass

Many Arts & 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. 

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 authorized patrons and recognize the talent and originality of Active Duty Soldiers, Family members, Retirees, and Army Civilians. Entries are submitted from Army garrisons worldwide, including entries from Soldiers of deployed units, and showcase some of the most original and creative minds at work.
  • Army Arts and Crafts Contest: This contest recognizes the artistic talent and creativity on two experience levels: Novice and Accomplished. Entries can be submitted in one of ten (10) categories: Ceramic ArtDigital ArtDrawingsFiber ArtGlass ArtMetal ArtMixed Media 2D, Mixed Media 3DPaintingsWood Art.
  • 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 (7) categories, including: Animals, Design Elements, Digital Darkroom, Military Life, Nature/Landscapes, People and Still Life. The contest is held annually during Oct/Nov.  


Winning entries from all contests may be viewed on the contest website by logging in with your email address and password, then selecting "Gallery of Winners" under "Past Winners."

To contact the IMCOM G-9 Arts and Crafts program, please email

Find an Arts & Crafts at a garrison near you.

We’re looking forward to helping you create!

Find out more about the history of Arts and Crafts