VETERANS AFFAIRS MEDICAL CENTER, Tomah Wis. (VAMC Public Affairs
Office) Veterans who receive care from the Department of
Veterans Affairs (VA) are welcome to enter the local Creative Arts
Competition at the Tomah VA.
purpose of the National Veterans Creative Arts program is to provide
veterans with an opportunity to be acknowledged for their artistic
talents and skills, as well as to highlight the work done by creative
arts therapists in VA facilities nationwide.
will be judged at the local competition at the Tomah VA and places
awarded. Each first-place winner in each division/category will
advance to the national competition.
winners nationally may be invited to the National Veterans Creative
Arts Festival, to be held in San Antonio in October 2009. The Tomah VA
hosted the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival in 1997 and will
host the festival again in October 2010.
can enter in the following creative arts divisions:
Art (53 categories such as painting, sculpting, needlework, crafts,
leatherwork, jewelry making, mosaic, photography, digital art, etc.);
(vocal and instrumental, solo or group, original or not, etc.);
(ballroom, ethnic, interpretive, wheelchair, group, solo or duo,
(comedy, patriotic, religious, mime/juggling/magic, multimedia videos,
Writing (humorous, inspirational, patriotic, personal experience,
short story, etc.).
Tomah VA will hold two separate competitions. The artwork will be
judged in February. The performing arts (music, dance, drama and
creative writing) will be judged March 18.
submission deadline for the artwork is Friday, Feb. 6. Entries should
be delivered to the VA Medical Center, Building 402, Room 1200. All
art entries must have been created since March 1, 2008, except for the
entries in the Vietnam Experience. The medical center staff and judges
have the right to change an entrys category, as needed. The VA
Medical Center reserves the right to withhold entries from public
viewing, as needed.
are three special Art Categories in the visual arts competition:
Special Recognition, Vietnam Experience, and Veterans Day Poster. The
Special Recognition is awarded based on the description of the
physical and/or mental health challenges the veteran overcame in order
to accomplish the creation of his/her art.
more information about the visual arts competition, call Occupational
Therapy at the Tomah VA, (608) 372-3971, Ext. 64262. For more
information about music, dance, drama and creative writing, call the
Music Therapy Clinic at the Tomah VA, (608) 372-1262.