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Co-presented by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the American Legion Auxiliary, the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival (NVCAF) is the celebration and grand finale stage show and art and writing exhibitions which are the culmination of talent competitions in art, creative writing, dance, drama and music for Veterans treated in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) national health care system.

Local Competition Begins January 1st, 2019

For information regarding entering the 2019 competition, please contact recreation/creative arts therapy staff at the VA facility in which you are enrolled. If you need assistance in identifying a VA staff person from your facility, please contact Amy Kimbler.

Competition Eligibility Criteria

This competition is open to Veterans who are enrolled at a VA Medical Center or Outpatient Clinic BEFORE entering the local competition.An eligible Veteran can enter local competition at only one VA facility per year. He/she can submit an entry in creative writing, dance, drama or music categories with a Veteran or group from another VA facility, but still represents and must go through his/her originating VA facility to enter the competition. This facility should be the site where he/she receives their primary treatment.

2018 National Veterans Creative Arts Festival

Hosted by VA Central Iowa Health Care System
Des Moines, Iowa

Events Open to the Public

Thursday, November 1, 2018
Art and Writing Exhibition
Featuring the first place national winning artwork from 51 categories, and first place national winning Creative Writing works.
1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
The Atrium at Capital Square
400 Locust Street
Des Moines, IA

Sunday, November 4, 2018
Stage Show – 2:00 p.m.
Hoyt Sherman Place Theater
1501 Woodland Avenue
Des Moines, IA  50309

Tickets are not required to attend the Thursday, November 1 events, but a ticket is required to attend the Stage Show on November 4. To obtain complimentary tickets, please contact Suzanne Anderson, Host Site Coordinator after September 1, 2018 at: Suzanne.Anderson4@va.gov or call (515) 323-1427

Presented by:
The Department of Veterans Affairs and the American Legion Auxiliary.

The National Veterans Creative Arts Festival (NVCAF) is the celebration and grand finale stage show and art and writing exhibitions which are the culmination of talent competitions in art, creative writing, dance, drama and music for Veterans treated in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) national health care system.

Veterans will exhibit their artwork and original writings or perform musical, dance or dramatic selections in a gala variety show. All Veterans invited to participate are selected winners of year-long, national fine arts talent competitions in which thousands of Veterans enter, from VA medical facilities across the nation.

VA medical facilities incorporate creative arts into their recreation therapy programs to further the rehabilitation milieu for both inpatients and outpatients. This annual competition recognizes the progress and recovery made through that therapy, and raises the visibility of the creative achievements of our Nation’s Veterans after disease, disability or life crisis.

 

Local Competition Begins January 1st, 2019

Nationwide, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities use the creative arts as one form of rehabilitative treatment to help Veterans recover from and cope with physical and emotional disabilities. Across the country each year, Veterans enrolled at VA health care facilities compete in a local creative arts competition. The competition includes 51 categories in the visual arts division this year that range from oil painting to leatherwork to paint-by-number kits. In addition, there are categories in creative writing, dance, drama and music. Through a national judging process, first, second and third place entries in each category are determined.

Most VA facilities hold their local competitions in January and February. Be sure to check with your VA facility as early as December in order to meet their deadline date for submission of entries into the local competition.  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.

2018 Competition Rules and Categories:

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COMPETITION ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Please note that the 2018 local phase of the National Veterans Creative Arts Competition ended on March 23.

This competition is open to Veterans who are enrolled at a VA Medical Center or Outpatient Clinic BEFORE entering the local competition. An eligible Veteran can enter local competition at only one VA facility per year. He/she can submit an entry in creative writing, dance, drama or music categories with a Veteran or group from another VA facility, but still represents and must go through his/her originating VA facility to enter the competition.

This facility should be the site where he/she receives their primary treatment.

Note: Entry, consent and other competition forms are not included on this website, as Veterans must work with a staff person from the VA facility where they are enrolled.

For specific division information, rules, and category descriptions please contact the recreation/creative arts therapy or voluntary service department at the VA medical facility where you are enrolled.

To request a 2019 Competition Handbook, please contact Amy Kimbler.

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