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Tomah VA Medical Center to host 
local Creative Arts Competition

TOMAH 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.

The 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.

Entries 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.

First-place 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.

Veterans can enter in the following creative arts divisions:

• Visual Art (53 categories such as painting, sculpting, needlework, crafts, leatherwork, jewelry making, mosaic, photography, digital art, etc.);

• Music (vocal and instrumental, solo or group, original or not, etc.);

• Dance (ballroom, ethnic, interpretive, wheelchair, group, solo or duo, etc.);

• Drama (comedy, patriotic, religious, mime/juggling/magic, multimedia videos, etc.);

• Creative Writing (humorous, inspirational, patriotic, personal experience, short story, etc.).

The 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.

The 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 entry’s category, as needed. The VA Medical Center reserves the right to withhold entries from public viewing, as needed.

There 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.

For 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.


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