VSA Texas started services specifically for veterans with disabilities/wounded warriors in 2009. We host an annual exhibition of veterans artwork and provide opportunities year-round for artists to get involved with our Artworks: Creative Industries professional development program.
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.
Nationwide, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities use the creative arts as one form of rehabilitative treatment to help Veterans recover from and cope with physical and emotional disabilities. Across the country each year, Veterans treated at VA facilities compete in a local creative arts competition. The competition includes 53 categories in the visual arts division this year that range from oil painting to leatherwork to paint-by-number kits. In addition, there are 120 categories in the performing arts pertaining to all aspects of music, dance, drama and creative writing. Check your local VA facility for details.
VSA Texas will be partnering with the Austin VA Clinic on their competition again this year!
Congratulations to Texas artists Lee Carrell and Paul Pro, first place winners in their categories in the 2013 National Creative Arts Festival!
Lee Carrell, Reversible Multi-Setting Ring (left) Paul Pro, HMS Endeavor (right)
Based on our research in partnership with the Texas Commission on the Arts, we have found there is a growing need for arts related services for Texas veterans and military personnel in our communities. If you are an arts organization interested in learning more about providing art programs for veterans, examples of successful programs, and trainings on working with veterans and military families, please contact us.
Thanks to funding from the National Arts and Disability Center and the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation we have developed Veterans and the Arts: A Compilation of Resources. This a map and spreadsheet list veteran specific arts programs happening all over the United States. Download the Resource Here
Arts and Health in the Military: Meeting the Challenge of a Post-War Zone Life
A presentation designed for arts administrators and program directors, therapeutic arts professionals, counselors, and interested citizens.
Our next presentation will be a webinar in two parts on April 22 and April 29, 2014. For details, email April Sullivan or call 512-454-9912
The latest issue of Forefront Austin asks how Central Texas serves our veterans. VSA is highlighted as a service provider to the military population: “The very skills that helped veterans survive in combat situations can lead to problems as they return from Iraq and Afghanistan. Often they need help to adjust to social relationships with families, peers, coworkers and the community. Read on for programs supporting those with “invisible” wounds.
The National Initiative for Arts and Health in the Military presents this report to open the door for a national conversation and the development of a National Action Plan that will ensure the availability of arts interventions for our service men and women and their families, and integrate the arts as part of the “Standard of Care” in military clinical as well as programs in community settings across the country. It was developed from the work of a roundtable meeting were participants were charged with recommending a framework for a “blueprint for action”, outlining possible strategies that will be necessary over the next several years in order to expand the use of the arts across the military continuum: from military service pre-deployment, deployment, post-deployment to veterans as well as families and caregivers.