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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:

"Daddy's Watch" (photo of baby in helmet)
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Woodworking
  • Jewelry making
  • Pottery
  • Fibers/Textiles
  • Digital art/Photography
  • Stained glass
  • Contemporary craft

Many Arts and Crafts Programs also offer services, such as framing, engraving and embroidery. Visit your nearest center 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.

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 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 are October 15 - November 30, 2014.  Take a look at the winning photographs from the 2013 contest: Active Duty Winners and Civilian Winners.  You can also view the winners on our Pinterest Page.

    Important Update: We apologize in advance that only eligible patrons with an an AKO (Army Knowledge Online) account will be able to compete at this time. We are working with our Information Technology department to overcome this challenge for next year's competition. The 2015 Arts & Crafts and Digital Photography Contest will be back in full force next year and will allow each eligible photographer to submit their entries.

  • Army Arts and Crafts Contest: This contest lets participants stretch their creative muscles a bit and showcase crafty work in one of ten categories: Ceramic Art, Digital Art, Drawings, Fibers Art, Glass Art, Metal Art, Mixed Media 2D, Mixed Media 3D, Paintings and Wood Art. Participants are grouped into divisions of Novice or Accomplished Artists to keep the field more level. Monetary prizes are awarded for the first, second and third place winners in each category. The 2015 Arts and Crafts Contest will take place May 1 - June 30, 2015 and will allow each artist to submit twice as many entries, so please start photographing your artwork and be ready for next year's competition!  While we wait for the 2015 Arts and Crafts Contest, please take a look at the winning entries from 2013

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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