CALLING ALL ARTISTS, performers, musicians and writers: Veterans arts festival and competitions kick off
“The 2018 National Veterans Creative Arts Competition began January 1. During the months of January, February and March, Veterans enrolled at VA medical facilities or outpatient clinics are invited to enter their art, music, dance, drama and creative writing entries into the local competition phase. It’s an exciting time with art exhibits and performances by Veterans occurring across the country. At most facilities, the general public is invited to view the art and watch the performances, having the opportunity to learn about the arts as therapy and congratulate the Veterans for their artistic achievements….
“Most VA facilities hold their local competitions in February, but their deadline dates for submitting entries vary by location and may be in January, so check with your VA facility’s recreation/creative arts therapy departments now. Veterans must work with a staff person from the VA facility where they are enrolled. If you need assistance in identifying a VA staff person from your facility, please contact Amy Kimbler, Program Specialist at Amy.Kimbler@va.gov or Elizabeth Mackey, Director at Elizabeth.Mackey@va.gov. You can visit our website too at http://www.creativeartsfestival.va.gov for more information. Best wishes to you all and thank you for allowing us the opportunity to showcase your artistic talents!”