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2022 National Veterans Creative Arts Competition

Medical facilities across the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) use the creative arts as a form of rehabilitative treatment to help our Veterans recover from, and cope with, physical and emotional disabilities. Each year, thousands of Veterans from across the country submit original works to their local VA facility. Gold medalists are then selected and the fruit of their efforts are displayed during the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival, which recognizes the progress and recovery made through therapy while raising the visibility of the creative achievements of our Nation’s Veterans.

More About the National Veterans Creative Arts Competition and Festival

Veterans who showcase their achievements in the festival are selected gold medal winners of national art, music, dance, drama, and writing competitions. The festival is presented by VA and the American Legion Auxiliary and culminates with a stage performance, writing exhibition, and gallery-style showcase of artwork.

Learn more about the National Creative Arts Festival

National Veterans Creative Arts Festival Facebook page

About the Bay Pines VA's Local Veterans Creative Arts Competition

Bay Pines VA hosts their local competition each year to select the best entries to represent our healthcare system in the national-level competition. Veterans exhibit their artwork and original writings or perform musical, dance or dramatic selections. Selected gold-medal-winning Veterans are invited to attend the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival, which is hosted by a different VA facility each year. 

Out of an abundance of caution, this year our Local Veterans Creative Arts Competition will be facilitated virtually. Submissions and results will be released electronically on Sept. 1.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue working to safe-guard the wellbeing of our Veterans and staff in the face of this global pandemic.

The deadline for submitting work in all categories is Friday, Aug. 12, at 3 p.m. The following information is provided to assist you with your submission(s).

Artists

Please use one of the options below to submit your work: 

  • Send a clear high resolution photograph of your artwork via email to Erin.Todd@va.gov. Make sure there is a neutral, uncluttered background behind your piece. Include the frame if applicable. The email should also include the completed paperwork
  • Attend one of our artwork photograph drive-thru sessions, in the loading zone in front of Bldg. 111 
    Drive-Thru Sessions will be held on August 8 and 10, by appointment only. A subsequent session will be held on August 12, anytime between 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Contact one of the coordinators listed below for more details
  • Call one of the coordinators if another option or assistance is needed
  • Include art entry forms
  • Include one copy of each consent form per Veteran

Musicians, Actors, and Dancers

  • You can submit a live recording of your performance. Contact Erin Todd (information below) for more information on how to submit videos
  • Schedule an appointment for our live recording day on August 5 between 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. You must call to reserve a time no later than August 1
  • If you need assistance recording your entry, contact Erin Todd by August 1 to make an appointment for a virtual or in-person session. During the session, your performance will be recorded for submission
  • Include entry form that is appropriate for the category you've chosen
  • Include one copy of each consent form per Veteran

Creative Writers

  • Entries must be submitted via email as a word document to Erin.Todd@va.gov. PDFs or scanned documents will not be accepted
  • Include creative writing entry form

  • Include one copy of each consent form per Veteran

To schedule drop-off of your entry, group entry forms or for more information, contact:

Erin Todd, MT-BC
727-222-2686
Erin.Tood@va.gov

Jessica D’Alessio, CTRS
727-398-6661, ext. 14820

Jenny Campbell, CTRS
727-398-6661, ext. 12793

Division Rules for Each Category

Please click on each link below to view the rules for each category.