Veterans Creative Arts Competition (VAMHCS) - VA Maryland Health Care System
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Veterans Creative Arts Competition (VAMHCS)

The Veterans Creative Arts Competition is a national event that highlights the creative talents of our nations Veterans and the important role that the creative arts plays in their recovery and wellness. Local creative arts competition first place winning entries 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.

Local Festival:

The VAMHCS will be hosting a virtual competition this year in the effort to support the continued safety of all Veterans and VA staff. Due date for entries is June 18th, 2021. Winners will be announced online the week of July 12th-16th, 2021 with each day highlighting a different aspect of the competition.

  • For competition rules, categories, and entry forms please visit: National Veterans Creative Arts Competition & Festival - Veterans Health Administration. Entry information may be found under the “competition” tab.
  • Photos of physical artwork and video recordings of performances should be submitted with all entry forms to Kelsey Eisenhauer.
  • Veterans may request a photography/recording session at the Perry Point VAMC. All requests must be received by Kelsey Eisenhauer prior to May 21st, 2021.
  • Instructions for submitting videos may be found under Resources.

Testimonials/CW Readings:

As part of our virtual event, this year we are inviting Veterans to submit a short video testimonial answering the question: 

How are you involved in creative arts and how does it help you in your health and wellness? 

These videos will kickstart our virtual event and allow us to put a face to our participating Veterans. Information about recording a testimonial can be found under Resources.

Veterans entering in the creative writing division are also invited to submit a video recording of them reading their piece. These entries will only be judged on writing content. If you wish to be judged on your reading performance, please submit in the drama division.

Important Dates/Announcements:

    May 21st, 2021 - Last day to request a NVCAF recording/photograph appt through the VA. Requests may be made through Kelsey Eisenhauer. Recordings will take place the first two weeks of June. Veterans may photograph/record their submissions independently. Please see attached Tips for taking photo and video.

    June 18th,2021Due date for all submissions. All forms, writings, images, and video files must be received by this date.

    July 12th-16th, 2021VAMHCS Virtual Creative Arts Competition Highlights and Winners Announcement.

    All questions, recording appointment requests, and application materials should be submitted to:

    Kelsey Eisenhauer, MT-BC

    Perry Point VAMC
    Bldg 24H, Rm 013
    Perryville, MD 21902