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Artists - Calls for Art

Third Annual Statewide Adult Mental Health Awareness Poetry Contest

Deadline: May 2, 2014

In observance of Mental Health Awareness Month this May, there will be a Third Annual Statewide Adult Mental Health Awareness Poetry Contest open to adults with or in recovery from mental illness and their adult family members and friends. Last year, more than 80 poems were received from across Texas for the contest, written by those living with and recovering from mental illness, their friends, and their families. Five winning entries were selected, along with six poems given honorable mention. To enter, visit the website and follow the instructions!

2014 White Cane Day T-shirt Design
Call for Artwork

Deadline: May 15, 2014

In the last few years White Cane Day has sold over 10,000 t-shirts throughout Texas, the United States and abroad.

The 2014 White Cane Day Committee is asking for artwork to be submitted by anyone interested. Spread the word to anyone you know who may be interested, including blind/visually impaired children, their families, friends and/or anyone who has children that work with the blind/visually impaired or that is associated with someone in the blindness community.

For the t-shirt design:
-There must be a cane and a dog guide on the design.
-There cannot be more than 3 colors on the design.
-Must be drawn…NO photographs.
-Come up with a slogan to go with your design.

To view past t-shirt designs please visit Scroll down until you find “view past shirts for white cane day” and click on that link.

The DEADLINE for artwork is Thursday, May 15, 2014.

Voting will take place on Thursday, May 22nd at 10:15 am in the Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center gym basement. Meeting attendees will vote on the artwork submitted. The meeting will also include: voting on the design, slogan or slogans, and t-shirt color. Once the design has been selected it will be sent to a graphic artist in DADS Media to finalize the design.

The artwork that is submitted will be on display at the White Cane Day event on Wednesday, October 15th. If you would like your artwork returned it will be sent back after the event.

Please include the following information with your submission:
-If applicable a brief description of how blindness has become part of your life either as a blind person or someone who knows a blind person
-Return Address: Street/City/Zip Code:

Please bring or send your artwork to:
Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center
Attention: O&M Department
Mail Code: 6804
4800 N. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 7875

Thank you for your participation to educate the public about blindness and supporting the largest White Cane Day in the Nation!

Expressions of Paralysis: A Tribute Collection to Honor the Life of Ruben Rios

Deadline: May 23, 2014 at 5:00 pm ET

Do you know an inspirational artist who happens to be living with paralysis? Or a creative family member or caregiver of someone with paralysis? Encourage him or her to enter the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation call for art. We want to showcase the extraordinary creativity and talent of those in the paralysis community. So we are asking artists to enter their favorite inspirational artwork. Just send a photo of your entry and complete our short form BEFORE 5:00 pm ET, May 23, 2014.
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Call for Children's Art
2014 Call for Artwork is Now Open!

Deadline: July 1, 2014

VSA proudly presents a unique opportunity for student-artists with disabilities from around the world to display their artwork side-by-side in an online exhibition. A selection of artwork from the online entries will be chosen for a live exhibition at the United States Department of Education in Washington D.C.! Click here for details and application.

Contact April Sullivan for more information.

Playwright Discovery
Call for Scripts!

All applications must be submitted for review by Monday, April 28, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time. No late entries will be accepted.

Middle and High School students are invited to submit a one-act script about the "disability experience". Scripts may be written by an individual or a group of up to 5 writers. Winners will be selected in three divisions: grades 6-7, 8-9, and 10-12. Learn more.

The VSA Emerging Young Artists Program

Deadline: June 30, 2014

VSA and Volkswagen Group of America proudly announce the 2014 Emerging Young Artists Program Call for Entries. Emerging young visual artists with disabilities, ages 16-25, are invited to reflect on the theme The Journey -—internal and external, personal and communal, human and technological - our journeys shape our aesthetic and environmental terrain and define our daily lives. Share your journey. 15 artists will be selected to travel to Washington, D.C. for workshops and a reception on Capitol Hill. Selected work will tour nationally. With the generous support of Volkswagen, awards include a $20,000 grand prize, $10,000 for first place, $6,000 for second place, and 12 awards of excellence at $2,000 each.

Visit VSA International for more information and to apply.

VSA Texas 5th Annual Distinguished Artist Veterans Exhibit
Call for Entries

Deadline: July 25, 2014

VSA Texas invites all Veterans with Disabilities/Wounded Warriors living in Texas to submit artwork to the fifth annual Distinguished Artist Veterans Exhibit. This year we have been invited to exhibit at the Institute of Texan Cultures in San Antonio, TX. Please email April Sullivan or call 866-489-8412 for an entry form.

VSA Texas BBVA Compass Bank
Call for Entries

Deadline: Ongoing

Since VSA Texas no longer has our own gallery space, we are partnering with the Allendale Branch of BBVA Compass Bank in Austin. They are providing us with the wall space and we are providing them with beautiful art displays. We are currently accepting entries by local artists with disabilities for 2-month long solo shows at this space. Please ask for an entry form by emailing April Sullivan or calling 512-454-9912.

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