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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.

Funding for the 2017 Distinguished Artist Veterans programs of VSA Texas are provided by the Texas Commission on the Arts and a Quality of Life grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.

Opportunities for Creative Veterans


No classes at this time. Check back for classes.

Call for Art

3Ps (Pets, People, Places) Veteran Art Exhibit at Art for the People

Deadline: June 23, 2017

VSA Texas invites Veterans living in the Central Texas area to submit artwork to a veteran specific section of an exhibit. Art for the People in Austin, TX is partnering with VSA Texas and the Veteran Suicide Prevention Channel to feature veteran artists on a prominent wall in their gallery during their themed exhibit 3Ps (Pets, People & Places). There is no fee to submit artwork to this call for entries and artwork in all 2-D and 3-D media are eligible. This is a great way to get your work introduced to a new gallery that typically accepts work by invitation only! For an entry form, contact April Sullivan or 512-454-9912.

The 8th Annual Distinguished Artist Veterans Exhibit and Showcase

Save the Date!
Thursday, June 15, 2017

The 2017 Distinguished Artist Veterans Showcase featuring Artwork, Writings, and Music by Texas Veterans
Art 979 Gallery at the Village Cafe, 210 W 26th Street, Bryan, TX 77803

2017 National Veterans Creative Arts Festival

The 2017 National Festival will be hosted by the VA Western New York Healthcare System in Buffalo, NY during the week of October 23-30, 2017.

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.

Next Training!
Arts and Health in the Military:
Meeting the Challenge of a Post-War Zone Life

Saturday, June 24, 1:00 – 4:00
The Writer’s Garret
1250 Majesty Drive, Dallas, TX 75247

Join us for this FREE workshop presented by the VSA Texas Distinguished Artist Veterans Program and Bring Everyone in the Zone (BEITZ). The workshop is designed for writers and artists who teach, arts administrators, therapeutic arts professionals, theatre directors, counselors, and interested citizens. All are welcome.

This FREE three-hour training followed by time for questions and discussion will give you new tools for supporting our troops through creativity, expression, and healing.

RSVP here

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 three reports to find out what is happening around the US on this topic.

Download Report #1

Download Report #2

Download Report #3

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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