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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


More classes to be announced soon!

Call for Art

DEADLINE: March 20, 2017

Our 8th Annual Distinguished Artist Veterans exhibit will be held in Bryan, TX this year and includes a collaboration of veteran visual artists with our veteran writers. Visual artists are asked to respond through their artwork directly to a literary piece by a veteran writer.

Download the call for art for details.

Call for Songs

DEADLINE: March 20, 2017

In 2016/17 we have hosted several writing workshops for veterans. These writings include poems, short fiction, and personal narratives. In June 2017 we are hosting a veteran showcase that will feature these writers as well as Veteran musician and visual artist responses to the writings. We want your response to be in the musical genre of your choice and in your own interpretation. You will get a chance to choose the writing you will be responding to on a first come, first serve basis. Musicians will be chosen based on the quality of submitted work samples. We expect final songs to be of the same quality.

Download the call for songs for details.

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. Local competitions will be held in early 2017 for entry to the National Level by March 31, 2017. Veterans who are artists, musicians, performers, writers, and dancers are encouraged to contact their local VA for local competition details.

Download the flyer for the Austin VA Creative Arts Competition.

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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