VA North Texas Health Care System
North Texas Veterans Are National Winners
Each year, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hosts a National Creative Arts Competition for Veterans. The event is to recognize and showcase the skill and talent of Veterans across the Nation. This year, more than 3,700 Veterans from over 130 VA facilities nationwide entered the competition.
The competition is divided into five divisions, which are:
- Creative Writing
Each division has a variety of categories and subdivisions for Veterans to choose from. The entire process has several phases of judging and is voluntary. Veterans are always encouraged to participate.
The competition begins at the local level. VA North Texas had a local Creative Arts Competition from April 2011 to March 2012. More than 140 Veterans entered.
After local judging was complete, all of the first place entries were sent to the national level for more judging. Fourteen Veterans from VA North Texas placed nationally. Although winning on a national level is a great accomplishment, it does not guarantee an invite to the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival. Veterans must make it through the third and final phase of the competition to receive an invite.
The national level winning visual art entries are examined again and the performing arts videos are reviewed again to see which artist would be a good fit for the collaborative performance at the festival. From those two processes of examining the art and reviewing the videos, five Veterans from VA North Texas received a special invite to the festival.
|John Barrett||2nd place||Vocal Solo Rock|
|Richard Benavides||1st place||Figurine Painting|
|Anne Clore||1st place||Original Design in Needlework|
|Jessie Frank||1st place||Vocal Solo Pop|
|1st place||Solo Country/Folk/Bluegrass|
|Michelangelo Williams||1st place||Pottery|
The National Veterans Creative Arts festival is in Boston, MA from October 8-14. VA North Texas is proud of all Veterans who participated in the competition and congratulates those who placed nationally.