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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 fufill 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: This is an annual, juried competition of artwork for novice and accomplished artists. Army Arts and Crafts managers will host local contests, assist patrons in preparing contest submission photos, and forward photos for regional and Army-wide competition. This contest is open to authorized MWR patrons and participants will enter their work in one of ten categories, including: Ceramic Art, Digital Art, Drawings, Fiber Art, Glass Art, Metal Art, Mixed Media 2D, Mixed Media 3D, Paintings and Wood Art. Participants may submit as many as three (3) works per category to the contest at the garrison level. All artwork must be submitted between June 1 - July 31, 2015. Monetary prizes will be awarded for the first, second and third place winners in each category, so get ready to start photographing your artwork, stretch those creative muscles a bit and showcase your crafty work!
    As part of your spring cleaning, up-cycle your household goods. Army MWR Arts and Crafts shares some ideas to get you started.
    Looking for a little inspiration? Take a look at the winning entries from 2013.
  • Army Digital Photography Contest: This contest celebrates photographic skill from two divisions (Active Duty and Other Eligible Patrons). Participants enter their work in one of eight categories, including: Animals, Design Elements, Digital Darkroom, Military Life, Monochrome, Nature/Landscapes, People and Still Life. Monetary prizes are awarded for the first, second and third place winners in each category. Please review the participant guidelines for more information on how to enter. Submission dates were October 15 - November 30, 2014. Take a look at the winning photographs:
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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