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A man playing a saxophone on stage. Painting of a hand cupped around a tiny infant. Vibrantly colored painting of geometric renderings of faces. A woman sculpting a bust out of clay. Close-up of a painting of a human eye in shades of black, red and orange. A woman performing in a play on stage. A young boy smiling at a hand puppet. An exuberant group of participants in the Actual Lives program. A young boy participating in the Arts Alive program. Painting with white and blue hair-like strokes on a background of deep turquoise. Man in a wheelchair viewing artwork in a gallery. Blind artist standing in front of his work. Group of women performing with colored scarves. Man speaking into a microphone with open captioning on a large screen behind him. Group of young students playing a musical game with the teacher.

Programs - Veteran Services

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. We also work with arts organizations statewide to forge partnerships with vet organizations to provide art programs for veterans and military families.

The 7th Annual Distinguished Artist Veterans Exhibit

Please check back for information on the call for art for the 2016 exhibition by Texas Veteran Artists.


(l-r) Gild the Lili © 2014 Louis A. Garcia; Buffalo Soldier Horace © 2014 Perry Jeffries; Persistence © 2015 Harvey Crouch

2016 National Veterans Creative Arts Competition

The next National Veterans Creative Arts Festival will be held in Jackson, Mississippi the week of October 10-17, 2016. Entries for this competition are being accepted January 1-March 25, 2016. To enter, contact your local VA facility to find out when your local competition will be held.

If you are a veteran served by the VA Austin Outpatient Clinic download the brochure for details on the 2016 Local Austin VA Creative Arts Competition.

Date: Main Event: Wed March 2, 2016*
Place: VA Austin Outpatient Clinic
Time: 8:00 am to 11:30 am – Deliver Art/Writing
12:00 pm – Judging
1:00 pm – Winners Announced & Pick up Art

(*Art Delivery is available on Tuesday, March 1 from 9:00 pm to 3:30 pm)

Recording Date for Music, Dance, Drama: Monday, February 29, 2016 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Download the brochure.

Distinguished Artist Veterans: Working with Military Families in Texas

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. Download the Brochure Here

Looking for ways to connect with veterans in your area? Meet a peer specialist in your community through Visit Bring Everyone in the Zone.

Summary Reports from the National Initiative for Arts and Health in the Military

A National Action Plan is being developed 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. Read these two reports to find out what is happening around the US on this topic.

Download Report #1

Download Report #2

Veterans and the Arts: A Compilation of Resources

Thanks to funding from the National Arts and Disability Center and the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation we have developed a map and spreadsheet highlighting veteran specific arts programs happening all over the United States. Download the Resource and the Map Here

The Americans for the Arts is also working to compile a complete directory of individuals and organizations that support or provide programs and services, or information and resources in or about the arts for military service members, veterans and their families. View the National Initiative for Arts and Health in the Military Network Directory.

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