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Creative Arts Competition

Entries are being sought for the Tomah VA's 2023 Creative Arts Competition. The deadline for entries is May 30th, 2023.

This competition is open to Veterans who are eligible to receive care through the Department of Veterans Affairs AND are enrolled at the Tomah VA Medical Center, one of its outpatient clinics, or the Vets Center.

Veterans must work with a staff person from the VA facility where they are enrolled to submit entries into the competition.

The competition includes categories in the visual arts division that range from oil painting to leatherwork to paint-by-number kits. In addition, there are categories in writing as well as the performing arts of dance, drama, and music.

Local creative arts competition first-place winners advance to a national judging process, and first-, second- and third-place entries in each category are determined. Selected gold-medal-winning Veterans are invited to attend the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival hosted by a different VA facility each year.

Key Dates to Note

  • Tomah VA competition deadline: Tuesday, May 30th, 2023.
    • Registration dates and entry drop off times:
    • Where: Building 455, Veterans Hall
    • When 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
      • Monday, May 8
      • Tuesday, May 9
      • Tuesday, May 16
      • Monday, May 22
      • Tuesday, May 23
      • Tuesday, May 30
  • Entries must have been completed/recorded after Oct. 1, 2022
  • By Oct. 1, 2023, VA co-chairs will send their top three finalists in each category to the national level of the competition.
  • National competition winners will be judged and announced in December 2023.
  • Check back on this website www.creativeartsfestival.va.gov for the results which will be posted in January 2023.

Come Vote for People’s Choice award!

Public viewing in Building 401, room 1120

8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 15
Friday, June 16
Tuesday, June 20
Wednesday, June 21

2023 Performing Arts Show

Building 455, Veterans Hall

Wednesday, June 21 at 9:30 a.m.

Open to the public

Rules and Entry Forms

Veterans can participate in multiple divisions. You may only enter 1 item per category with a max of 3 entries in each division.

Click on the links below to download the rules  and category information for the 2023 Creative Arts Competition:

Submit Art Division artwork and entry forms to:

Brittany Kelly, CTRS-SG, CDP
Tomah  VA Medical Center
500 E. Veterans Street
608-343-6143 or 1-800-872-8662, Ext. 61652

Deadline: May 30th

Submit Performing Arts, Creative Writing, Drama and Dance Divisions content and entry forms to:       

Bethany Riedel, MT-BC
Tomah  VA Medical Center
500 E. Veterans Street
608-377-1308 or 1-800-872-8662, Ext. 61262

Deadline: May 30th