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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.


Art for Vets
Tuesday/Thursday at 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
April 5 - May 26, 2016

Conley-Guerrero Senior Activity Center
808 Nile Street
Austin, TX 78702

Register at the front desk or call 512-978-2660

Veterans of all ages are invited to learn about multiple art disciplines in this fun and supportive environment with all supplies provided. Veteran artist and instructor Tamera Lee will cover topics to include drawing, painting, sculpture, and mixed media. Come get a taste of a variety of art forms to find out where your talents lie.

Sponsored by Austin Parks and Recreation Inclusion Department.

The Re-Integration Project: Writing Class for Veterans
Hosted by VSA Texas
VSA Texas Classroom 101
3710 Cedar Street, Austin, TX 78705
Six weekly sessions April 17 - May 22 Sundays 1-4 pm
Instructor: Stephanie Whallon

Register by calling 512-454-9912 or email April. Space is limited. Any experience level welcome.

This creative writing class is designed for military veterans interested in writing. The class will give you a chance to be introduced to different types of writing that may including short story, personal narrative, dramatic writing, poetry and/or graphic novels. Every person has a story to tell and this class will help veterans find the best medium to tell theirs. Selected writing from the class will be paired with veteran visual artists to be presented at an exhibition and reading later in the summer. Stephanie Whallon received her MFA in Screenwriting from the Columbia University School of the Arts in 2003 and has taught courses in screenwriting and creative writing to writers of all ages. She currently lives in Austin, TX where she continues to write and teach and is currently working on her first Young Adult novel.

Download ReIntegration Flyer

Funding for this project provided by the Texas Commission on the Arts.

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

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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