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2022 National Veterans Creative Arts Festival

2022 National Veterans Creative Arts Competition

PURPOSE:
The Department of Veterans Affairs annual arts competition recognizes the progress and recovery made through creative arts therapies and raises the visibility of the creative achievements of our nation’s Veterans.

THE COMPETITION:
Across the country each year, Veterans enrolled at VA health care facilities compete in a local creative arts competition co-presented by the VA and the American Legion Auxiliary. The competition includes categories in the visual arts that range from oil painting and 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 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 .

CRITERIA TO ENTER:

  1. Veteran artists need to be enrolled in VA Puget Sound healthcare system.  
  2. All entries must have been created within the previous year to current year of NVCAF event unless entering the Military Combat Experience category. (cannot enter something from 3 years ago). MCE entry can be an older piece of work and requires a written essay. 
  3. Consent Forms need to be filled out with the ok for photos, media, etc. 
  4. Veterans can enter up to 3 categories per division. There are 51 categories in ART Division for example, where artists can choose 3 out of 51.  Different divisions include Art, Music, Dance, Drama, Creative Writing.  
  5. Veterans must turn in paperwork and entry by the deadline of Friday, August 26th 2022.

HOW TO ENTER:

  1. Submit 2 JPEG photos of your art entry through email with uploaded entry documents to Jeanne.hopkins@va.gov           OR
  2. Attend drive-thru photo and submission clinic at either Seattle or Tacoma VA locations on dates below:

American Lake VA GYM Building 61

Wednesday, August 3rd 1-3pm GYM 61

Monday, August 8th 10am-noon GYM 61

Monday, August 22nd 10am-noon GYM 61

Seattle VA NEW MH building 101

Tuesday August 9th 10am-noon 101

Thursday August 2th 10am-noon 101

For questions and more information, contact Jeanne Hopkins: Jeanne.hopkins@va.gov

Submission deadline Friday, August 26, 2022
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Shakespeare in the Park: Cymbeline

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Cymbeline presented by ShoreArts

A modern, queer-forward view of Shakespeare’s folktale of forbidden love, mistaken identities, banishment, and reconciliation.

Intrigue. Deception. Compassion. Follow Imogen on a magical journey filled with unbelievable characters. With their lover banished and family torn apart, Imogen sets out on an adventure to reclaim their love and reconcile the family. Forbidden love, mistaken identities, banishment, and a magic potion— Shakespeare combines multiple styles in this endlessly inventive fairy tale.

Twisted Tales. Cymbeline is not your average Shakespeare comedy as the story quickly twists to the dark side. A wicked stepmother, a spoiled prince, and a wayward villain match wits and wile with clever Imogen, but even the best of folks hit low points. What happens after “happily-ever-after” can look a whole lot different than what you dreamed.

Love Quest. Director Makaela Milburn and artist Meme García have crafted a modern, queer-forward folktale of scrappy resolve, identity exploration, and big-hearted forgiveness. A wondrous small company of players brings this story to life with music and a joyful pastiche of styles to illuminate this rarely performed romance.

Seattle Shakespeare Company

Shorelake Arts presents Cymbeline, performed by Seattle Shakespeare Company as part of their Concert in the Park Series.

Wednesday
July 13 | 6.30pm
FREE
Richmond Beach Community Park
2201 NW 197th St, Shoreline, WA 98177

What is summer without Shakespeare? Pack up a picnic dinner, a picnic blanket, and/or low-back chairs to enjoy a comedy with a dark side. Bus Route 348 will get you there from the Northgate Light rail station.

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Artist Opportunities

Want to get your artwork out there? Check out these opportunities!

INTERSECTIONS @ GRAPHITE GALLERY

AN OPEN CALL TO ARTISTS AFFECTED BY ONE OR MORE ASPECTS OF INTERSECTIONALITY: RACE, RELIGION, GENDER, ETHNICITY, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, CLASS, CITIZENSHIP, ABILITY, AND MORE

This juried show seeks to feature under-represented artists whose visibility and unique voices are integral to the body of arts and culture in the Salish Sea region (Pacific Northwest). They are currently accepting submissions Feb 1st through March 31st, 2022.

Click here for eligibility and submission details.

And for writers, check out this blog post on Websites That Pay Writers $200 to $400 Per Article.

Photo by Daria Shevtsova on Pexels

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Hemingway and the Art of Dialogue

FREE VIA HUGO HOUSE

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Hemingway and the Art of Dialogue

Along with his awards and persona, Hemingway is also famous for his literary style, particularly his approach to dialogue. Complementing the PBS Hemingway documentary by Ken Burns and the corresponding KCTS 9 virtual event Hemingway: Misogynistic or Misunderstood? this course will examine the characteristics of Hemingway’s dialogue in stories like “Hills Like White Elephants” and beyond. In addition, we’ll explore a few techniques and methodologies for strengthening the dialogue in our own works as well.

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A new federal internet discount program

Need help with the costs of internet access?
Discounts of up to $50 per month are now available through the national Emergency Broadband Benefit program to qualifying low-income households.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in collaboration with internet service providers, has launched a temporary program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) provides a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible households (and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying tribal lands).

Home and mobile internet service providers offering the EBB discount in the Seattle area include Comcast (Xfinity), CenturyLink, Wave, AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, PCs for People, and Human I-T. For a complete list of participating providers in Washington, see the FCC’s program provider list. Current Comcast Internet Essential customers automatically qualify for the EBB program and can enroll directly through the Comcast EBB site.

Wave Simply Internet and Internet First customers have to first confirm their eligibility through the GetEmergencyBroadband.org national verifier and then have Wave apply the discount. More information is at the Wave EBB page.

New customers and those with other existing services need to apply through the GetEmergencyBroadband.org national verifier to confirm eligibility and then work through participating internet providers.

Families and households are eligible if they receive Medicaid, SNAP, or other public benefits, are school lunch eligible, are already in the Lifeline program, receive Pell education grants, or have lost jobs and income during the pandemic. More eligibility information: getemergencybroadband.org/do-i-qualify.

The EBB also has an element that enables internet providers to offer a one-time discount of up to $100 to their EBB eligible customers to buy a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from the provider. The internet providers that are offering this part of the program in the Seattle area include T-Mobile, PCs for People, and Human I-T.

To see if you qualify and learn more about these programs, the list of providers and online application are available via GetEmergencyBroadband.org or by calling the national support line at 833-511-0311. If you are assisting others or spreading the word, the FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit toolkit offers outreach materials in different languages.