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National Veterans Creative Arts Festival

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2015 National Veterans
Creative Arts Festival

Quick Reference Fact Sheet

2015 Local Competition

The 2015 local phase of the National Veterans Creative Arts Competition ended on March 27.  For information regarding entering the 2016 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 (320) 255-6486 or Elizabeth Mackey, National Director (320) 255-6351.

2015 National Competitions
Entries by Veterans that have been submitted to the 2015 national competition in art, creative writing, dance, drama and music will be judged during the months of April, May and June.  VA staff will be notified in late-June by mail and email if Veterans from their facility are invited to attend the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival.  Thank you sincerely for your interest in the National Veterans Creative Arts Competition and Festival!

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.

2015 National Veterans Creative Arts Festival
Events Open to the Public - Sunday, October 18, 2015

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
114 E. Cameron Avenue
Chapel Hill, NC
Art Exhibit – 12 Noon – 1:45 p.m. – Gerrard Hall
Stage Show - 2:00 p.m. – Memorial Hall

Presented by:
TheDepartment of Veterans Affairs and the American Legion Auxiliary.
The National Veterans Creative Arts Festival (NVCAF) is the celebration and grand finale stage and art show, 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.
Approximately 120 Veterans will exhibit their artwork or perform musical, dance, dramatic or original writing selections in a gala variety show. A professional orchestra will accompany the performance. 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.

Host:
Durham VA Medical Center
Durham, North Carolina
Contact: Host Site Coordinators: Jillian.Thompson3@va.gov and Kendra.Monden@va.gov

Admission
Free, but tickets are required to the stage show.
To obtain free tickets and for other information,
call (919) 286-0411, ext. 6070.

Local Competition Phase

The 2015 local phase of the National Veterans Creative Arts Competition ended on March 27.

Most VA facilities hold their local competitions in February. Be sure to check with your VA facility as early as possible after January 1st.  Veterans interested in participating in the competition should contact the local recreation therapy/creative arts therapy departments at the VA facility where they are enrolled, as early as possible to assure that deadline dates for submission of entries are met.  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 (320) 255-6486 or Elizabeth Mackey, National Director (320) 255-6351. 

Downloads

2015 Competition and Festival National Rules
2015 Art Division Rules
2015 Creative Writing Competition Rules and Categories
2015 Dance Division Rules & Categories
2015 Drama Division Rules & Categories
2015 Music Division Rules & Categories

National Veterans Creative Arts Festival LogoCompetition 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.

Please note that the 2015 local phase of the National Veterans Creative Arts Competition ended on March 27. 

Event Director:
Elizabeth Mackey
(320) 255-6351

Media Contact:
Jordan Schupbach
(202) 664-3733

 
 

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