Veterans Creative Arts Competition - VA Black Hills Health Care System
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VA Black Hills Health Care System


Veterans Creative Arts Competition

Dennis Linn

Dennis Linn pictured with his award winning artwork

Thursday, January 14, 2016

VA Black Hills Health Care System (VA BHHCS) is seeking entries for their annual creative arts competition.  This is an exciting opportunity for Veterans to display their skills and achievements in the visual arts, creative writing, and performing arts.

Veterans enrolled at VA Black Hills Health Care System or a resident in a state Veteran’s Home are eligible to compete. The art must have been created after April 1, 2015 with an exception for Military Combat Experience entries.  Submissions for the Fort Meade competition must be received by February 19, 2016 and for the Hot Springs competition entries must be received by March 2, 2016. 

The public is invited to view the entries at two shows on March 9, 2016 from 12:00–3:00 p.m. in Building 145, Classroom 108 at the Fort Meade VA and on March 16, 2016 from 12:30-4:30 p.m. in the Domiciliary Auditorium at the Hot Springs VA.

The competition includes 51 categories in the Visual Arts division that range from oil painting to leatherwork to paint-by-number kits. In addition, there are 100 categories in the Performing Arts division including all aspects of music, dance, drama, and creative writing.  A panel of local artists will judge entries based on creativity, skill, originality, and overall presentation. Select winners are invited to participate in the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival to be held October 10-17, 2016. 

VA BHHCS incorporates creative arts into Recreation Therapy programs to further the rehabilitation environment for patients helping Veterans recover from and cope with emotional and physical illness. The purpose of the National Veterans Creative Arts competition is to recognize Veterans for their creative and artistic ability and to demonstrate the therapeutic benefits of the arts. 

For rules and registration information please contact Mike Ellis or Kyle Doerges at the Fort Meade VAMC by calling 1-800-743-1070 or contact Mary Culbertson at the Hot Springs VAMC at 1-800-764-5370. 


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