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Cheyenne VA
Local Competition 

February 8, 2018
3 to 6 p.m.

The American Legion Post 6

2001 East Lincolnway in Cheyenne

Februay 7

Registration and Art Drop-Off - Noon to 6 p.m.

February 8

Art Show 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Artist's Reception - 3 to 5 p.m.
Performing Arts - 5 to 6 p.m.

February 9

Art pickup 8 a.m. to Noon
 

For More Information Contact:

Zack Bergman
307-778-7550 x.7419
Shelley Shively
307-778-7550 x.7483
Sam House
307-778-7523
 

 

Entry Forms:

Art (Individual)
Art (Group)
Creative Writing
Dance (Individual)
Dance (Group)
Drama (Solo)
Drama (Group)
Drama Multi-Media Video Entry Form
Music (Solo)
Music (Group)

Important Form Information:

Catagory Number & Name: Scoll down to see listing below.

Consent Forms
VA Form 10-3203 (Consent for Production and Use of Verbal or Written Sttatements, Photographs, Digital Images, and/or Video or Audio Recordings by VA)
VA Form 10-5345 (Request for and Authorization to Release Medical Records or Health Information) NOTE: This form is not required for all catagories (see below for required catagories).

You can print the forms and submit them in person, to:

Public Affairs Office
Room D1-19 (across from the Canteen)

You can print and scan for email to:

Shelley.Shively@va.gov

You can mail your forms to:

Shelley Shively
Recreational Therapist (CLC
2360 E. Pershing Blvd.
Cheyenne, WY 82001

 

Category Number, Name, and Description

Fine Art

1. Acrylic Painting - The creation of original work by applying acrylic paint to a surface. The surface is not limited to canvas; it can be on wood, plaster, leather, metal, glass, etc.
2. Oil Painting - The creation of original work by applying oil paint, oil sticks, or oil pastels to a surface. The surface is not limited to canvas; it can be on wood, plaster, leather, metal, etc.
3. Watercolor - The creation of work using watercolor paint. The surface is not limited to canvas; it can be on wood, plaster, leather, metal, etc.
4. Monochromatic Drawing - A monochromatic drawing consists of lines that use a single color and shades of that color that may be done using pencil, ink, charcoal, etc. Any use of additional color should be entered into colored drawing.
5. Colored Drawing - A colored drawing consists of lines of two or more colors and may be done using colored pencils, markers, etc.
6. Pastels – An art medium in the form of a stick, consisting of pure powder pigment and a binder. A pastel is usually a painting rather than drawing because the color is applied in masses rather than lines. Encaustic painting should be entered into this category.
Note: Oil pastels should be entered into Oil Painting (2).
7. Sculpture - Art created by shaping, combining, modeling or casting materials such as plastic, clay, textiles, wax or polymers into a work of art. They may be free standing or relief.
Note: Carved sculptures should be entered into Carving category (19), metal sculptures should be entered into the Metalwork category (30), and glass sculptures should be entered in the Glasswork category (31).
8. Original Design in Pyrography - A design burned into a surface by using wood burning tools. The design must be original. This process is typically done on wood, but can also be done on leather and other surfaces. If transfers or tracings are used, the piece must be entered in the Transfer/Engraving Art Kit category (47).
9. Graphics - A multiple-replica (more than one copy or print) art form. It consists of an original print or proof from a master plate created through such processes as lithography, etching, woodcut, engraving, etc. Computer graphics must be entered into Digital Art category (14).
10. Pottery - A functional piece of fired ceramic ware (bowl, vase, pot, etc.) The form can be wheel-thrown or hand-built, not slip cast in a mold. Porcelain is included in this category. Slip cast ceramics belong in category 16 or 17. Sculptural clay pieces should be entered into the Sculpture category (8).
11. Black and White Photography - A monochromatic photograph using black and white and varying shades of grey or sepia tones. Photographs must be mounted and framed. This category includes both film and digital forms of photography.
12. Color Photography - A color photograph. Photographs must be mounted and framed. This category includes both film and digital forms of photography.
13. Digital Art - Art that was created using digital technology in the process of its creation. The work is created entirely with a computer and includes 2D graphics as well as 3D graphics. All original entries must be printed, mounted and framed to qualify for this competition. It is required that the software programs used be listed in the “mediums/techniques used” section of the entry form. Animation and videos will be disqualified. Note: Digitally enhanced photography should not be entered into this category. Photography that has been digitally enhanced should be entered into either the Black and White Photography category (12) or the Color Photography category (13).
15. Fine Art, Mixed Media - The use of two or more fine arts techniques in the creation of a single piece of fine art. Using two types of paint (oil and acrylic) DOES NOT constitute a “mixed media” piece. Entries in this catagory must include a description. The types of fine art techniques must be identified on the entry form.
15. Military Combat Experience - The medium used must be a fine art or applied art medium. Unlike the other art categories, there are NO restrictions as to when the artwork was created however entries submitted previously into this category are not eligible to compete.
  • The Veteran must have experienced combat duty during World War II, Korean War, Vietnam, Gulf War, Grenada, Panama, Kosovo, Somalia and other recognized combats or current combat operations.
  • The artwork must relate to the Veteran’s personal experience in that war or conflict but does not need to be a graphic representation of that combat experience.
  • A written statement/narrative explaining how the art relates to the Veteran’s wartime experience, composed by the Veteran and/or his VA staff contact person of 25 to 225 words must be included with each entry.
  • Form 10-5345 – 1 page (Request For and Consent to Release Medical and Health Information) signed by the Veteran must be included with entry.

Applied Art

16. Glazed Ceramics - Clay pieces formed by pouring slip in a mold, bisque fired, and then finished with the application of glaze(s) and fired. Entries that contain bisque pieces that are painted and/or stained, as well as glazed, are to be entered into the painted ceramic category.
17. Stained or Painted Ceramics - Clay pieces formed by pouring slip in a mold, fired into bisque ware and finished with the application of stains or paints. If firing is the last step when creating your piece, the piece must be entered into Glazed Ceramics. Ceramics using both painting and glazing techniques should be entered into the stained or painted ceramics category.
18. Woodworking - This refers to pieces constructed of wood that may have a functional/useful purpose, such as a jewelry box, a chess set, a clock, etc. Wood lathe work or wood turning is included in this category.
19. Carving - Decorative art achieved by carving away unwanted materials from an original piece of material. It may be relief or in the round. Material used includes stone, wood, ivory and other hard substances. Note: Soapstone carving kits are to be included in this category.
20. Jewelry (not beads) - Jewelry pieces made through casting, channeling, lost-wax, wire wrapping, etc. Jewelry incorporating beads should be entered in the Beadwork (category 32).
21. Crocheting/Knitting - The use of yarn or thread and a crochet hook, knitting needles or nifty knitters to create a pattern/design and is often a useful object.
22. Mosaic - The art of decoration with small pieces of colored glass, tile, stone or other hard material used to create a pattern or picture. Wood intarsia and marquetry are included in this category.
23. Collage - An artistic collage work may include newspaper clippings, ribbons, bits of colored or hand-made papers, portions of other artwork, photographs, and such, glued to a surface. Collage is two dimensional. Scrapbooks are not allowed.
24. Assemblage - A form of sculpture comprised of "found" objects arranged in such a way that they create a piece. These objects can be anything organic or man-made. Assemblage is three dimensional. Personal collections alone (for example: coin collections, medal collections, etc.) will not be accepted.
25. Original Design in Needlework - This includes stitchery, needlepoint, quilting, sewing a garment, soft sculpture, embroidery, cross stitch, and crewelwork, etc. These are original designs created and completed entirely by the Veteran that are usually worked on fabric (occasionally leather) with a needle to create a finished piece. It may be flat or three-dimensional. Pre-printed patterns on the fabric, the use of commercial patterns, charts or graphs should be entered in the Fabric Art Kit category (45) or Needlework Kit category (46).
26. Original Design in Fiber Arts - The use of a substance that can be separated into threadlike parts to create an original design in latch hook, rug punching, string art, basketry or weaving. Pre-printed patterns on the fabric, the use of commercial patterns, charts or graphs would be in the Latch Hook Kit category (40), Fabric Art Kit category (45), or Needlework Kit category (46).
27. Knotting - Lacework made by knotting cords, thread or other fibers. Beads, shells or other decorative materials may be used. Macramé and fly tieing are examples of techniques that are in the knotting category. Tatting is included in this category.
28. Leather Stamping - Involves the use of shaped implements (stamps) to create an imprint onto a leather surface, often by striking the stamps with a mallet. Kits are not accepted in this category. Kits that contain stamping should be entered into the Leather Kit category (36).
29. Leather Carving/Tooling - Uses metal implements to compress moistened leather in such a way as to give a three dimensional appearance to a two dimensional surface. The main tools used to "carve" leather include: Swivel knife, veiner, beveler, pear shader, seeder, cam, and backgrounder. The swivel knife is held like a pencil and dragged along the leather to outline patterns. The other tools are punch-type implements struck with a wooden or raw hide mallet. The object is to add further definition by them to the cut lines made by the swivel knife. Entries that contain both stamping and carving/tooling are to be entered into this category as well. Kits are not allowed in this category. Kits that contain leather carving/tooling should be entered into the Leather Kit category (36).
30. Metalwork - The primary material used is metal. Tooling or punching a design or transfer, or metal assembled into a three-dimensional piece for decorative purposes are included in this category. Lathe work using metal is included in this category. Copper tooling should be entered into Transfer/Engraving Art Kit category (47).
31. Glasswork - Glass is used as the primary medium. Examples would include stained glass, hand-blown glass, fused glass and glass etching and enameling. Commercially shaped glass items that have been painted would be in one of the Fine Arts Painting categories.
32. Beadwork - Beads of any kind are used to create a design. Examples would include beaded jewelry, beaded belts or other items made on a beading loom, etc.
33. Scroll Saw/Fretwork - Decorative open patterns cut out of wood or metal using a scroll saw and/or files.
34. Applied Art, Mixed Media - The distinct blending of two or more applied arts techniques to create an object. The use of two or more applied arts techniques in the creation of a single piece of applied art. Entries in this category must include a description.  The types of fine art techniques must be identified on the entry form.
35. Group Art Category - A single art entry created by a group of Veterans. Groups in art are not limited in number of group members. However no more than 8 eligible invited Veterans from the first place national competition winning entry in the Group Art category will be funded by the Festival. Note: Entries in this category must meet all size and weight restrictions.

Entries in Group Art category MUST also include:

  • A written statement/narrative (25 to 225 words) by a VA staff person and/or Veteran group members that should include an explanation of the creative process, goals of the group, mediums/techniques used and any other useful information. Judging for this category equally takes into consideration the written narrative as well as the skill involved in the artwork.
  • Form 10-5345  (Request For and Consent to Release Medical Records or Health Information) signed by the Veteran

Kit Categories

36. Leather Kit – A kit that comes pre-cut, pre-punched, pre-embossed and ready to finish, stain and/or lace.
37. Wood Building Kit - A wood kit that has a useful function such as birdhouses, carousels, cup racks, spice shelves, etc.
38. Model Building (Plastic, Metal, Wood) Kit – Snap together, glue together, or assembled plastic, metal, and/or wood model kits. (Diorama’s will not be accepted. The definition of a diorama is a 3 dimensional representation of a display or scene.)
39. String Art Kit – A kit that uses string to establish a design. This category includes dream catcher kits and beading kits that DO NOT involve the use of a needle.
40. Latch Hook Kit – A rug kit that comes in a unit with the right amount and color of yarn in the kit and the pattern already printed on the canvas.
41. Craft Coloring Kit - A pre-printed design on fabric, paper, wood, canvas, rugs, etc that the Veteran fills in with colors of their choice using colored pencils, markers, paint, etc.
42. Figurine Painting Kit - Pre-formed plaster, plastic, metal or wood 3 dimensional figures that the Veteran paints following a separate diagram and instructions included in the kit. There are no outlines on the piece indicating color application areas.
43. Paint by Number Kit - Involves applying oil, acrylic, or watercolor paints to the outlined numbered areas.
44. Suncatcher or Sand Art Kit - Suncatchers involve the application of transparent glass stains on a pre-formed and outlined plastic shape. Sand art involves colored sand applied to pre-shaped adhesive areas.
45. Fabric Art Kit – A kit that includes the use of commercial patterns and fabric (cloth or yarn) to create a pre-printed pattern or design. Cut-n-tuck kits would be included in this category.
46. Needlework Kit – A kit that utilizes yarn or thread applied with a needle to plastic, cloth or canvas. Embroider kits, crewel kits, needlepoint kits, etc., are in this category. Pieces created from pre-printed designs, the use of commercial patterns and graphs qualify for this category.
Note: Beading kits that involve the use of a needle are to be included in this category.
47. Transfer/Engraving Art Kit - Copper tooling kits, foil scratch art kits and wood burning kits are included in this category which involves incising images, designs or patterns onto a surface by rubbing, scratching, burnishing, cutting or burning.
48. Mosaic Kit - A kit that uses small pieces of colored glass, plastic, tile, stone or other hard material to create a pre-printed pattern or picture. Woodscapes and Pixel Art would be included in this category.
49. Combined Kit - The integration of two or more distinctly different kits to create a single work of art. A collection of model cars or ornaments, etc. will not be accepted.

Visual Arts Special Recognition

50. Special Recognition PD (physical disability) - Entries that recognize individuals who exhibit creative expression through the visual arts while possessing significant physical limitations.
51. Special Recognition MH (mental health challenges) - Entries that recognize individuals who exhibit creative expression through the visual arts while possessing significant emotional or mental health challenges.

Entries in each of the two Special Recognition categories MUST also include:

  • A written statement/narrative (25 to 225 words) by a VA staff person or the Veteran of why the Veteran is deserving of special recognition
  • Form 10-5345 – 1 page (Request For and Consent to Release Medical Records or Health Information) signed by the Veteran.

Creative Writing

1. Poetry – Humorous - A verse composition of humorous nature, no longer than 48 lines in length, written by one eligible Veteran.
2. Poetry – Inspirational - Same as #1, but of an inspirational nature.
3. Poetry – Patriotic - Same as #1, but relating to American patriotism.
4. Poetry – Other - Same as #1, but does not more appropriately meet the definitions of poetry-humorous, inspirational or patriotic categories.
5. Essay – Humorous - An essay, no longer than 3 double-spaced pages in length, written in ordinary speech or writing (not poetry) by one eligible Veteran that is a discussion of a topic from the author’s personal point of view as influenced by subjective experience and personal reflection, is a non-fiction work, often expository, and humorous in nature. Entries submitted into this category must have an introduction, a statement of viewpoint, supportive points, and a conclusion summary.
6. Essay – Inspirational - Same as #5, but of an inspirational nature.
7. Essay – Patriotic - Same as #5, but reflective of American patriotism.
8. Essay – Other - Same as #5, but does not more appropriately meet the definitions of essay-humorous, inspirational or patriotic categories.
9. Personal Experience – Humorous - A story or situation of humorous content, no longer than 3 double-spaced pages in length, that is written by one eligible Veteran in the first person and conveyed about one’s self.
10. Personal Experience – Inspirational - Same as #9, but with inspirational content.
11. Personal Experience – Patriotic - Same as #9, but with content that relates to American patriotism.
12. Personal Experience – Other - Same as #9, but does not more appropriately meet the definitions of personal experience-humorous, inspirational or patriotic categories. Could include wartime-related experiences, though stories/situations with wartime-related content may also be suitable for personal experience-humorous, inspirational or patriotic categories.
13. Short, Short Story - A short story, no longer than 1,000 words in length that is written by one eligible Veteran. The story must have a beginning, middle, and an end. Entries received that contain more than 1,000 words will be disqualified.
14. Monologue/Duologue - Monologue is a part of a script written by an eligible Veteran for one actor. Duologue is a part of a script written by an eligible Veteran for two actors. Entries in this category must be no longer than 3 double-spaced pages in length.
15. Special Recognition - Individual or group. All specific category rules still apply when entering the special recognition category. Original entries that recognize individuals who exhibit creative expression through the use of creative writing while possessing significant physical or psychological limitations. The intent of this category is to reinforce the concept of the arts as therapy, where an individual uses artistic expression to facilitate successful treatment outcomes. Entries and their accompanying written statements from the Veteran’s VA staff contact person should focus on how the arts are used by the individual(s) to rise above severe limitations.

Entries in this category MUST include:

  • Solo or Group Entry form
  • A written statement/narrative (25 to 225 words) by a VA staff person or the Veteran of why the Veteran is deserving of special recognition.
  • Form 10-3203 – 2 pages (Consent for Production and Use of Verbal or Written Statements, Photographs, Digital Images, and/or Video or Audio Recordings by VA) signed by the Veteran and VA staff contact person.
  • Form 10-5345 – 1 page (Request For and Consent to Release Medical Records or Health Information) signed by the Veteran.

Dance Categories

WheelChair Dance Categories

1. Structured Ballroom - Solo or Group. Pattern of movement of wheelchair to music in a choreographed routine. Structured ballroom dances such as the waltz, jitterbug/swing, hustle, disco, polka, lindy hop, fox-trot, quick step, samba, cha-cha, salsa, Meringue, Machida, rumba, tango, etc. Veteran(s) should maintain physical contact with partner for greater part of dance.
2. Novelty - Solo or Group. A wheelchair routine consisting of original, imaginative, or innovative dance movements that incorporate a theme concept or characterization throughout the entire performance.
3. Country/Western/Folk/Ethnic/Cultural - Solo or Group. Country/western wheelchair dances such as: Two Step, Waltz, Cowboy or Traveling Cha Cha, Polka, Schottische, promenade dances, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Line Dance, Square Dance. Choreographed/patterned wheelchair dances associated with various cultures or countries. Examples may include: Clogging, Jewish Hora, Jig, May Pole, Mexican Hat, etc.
4. Line Dance - Set pattern of movement done with the wheelchair so individual ends up facing 2 or 4 walls. Suggest a minimum number of 3 to form the line. All group members must be Veterans unless the line dance requires a partner where the partner is necessary to perform the dance.
5. Interpretive Movement - Solo or Group. Interpreting song lyrics or feelings through hand movements or gestures. Example may include sign language or other hand movements. Wheelchair does not need to move.

 Ambulatory Dance Categories

6. Structured Classical Ballroom - Solo or Group. Pattern of movement to music in a choreographed routine. American style structured ballroom dances such as the waltz, jitterbug/swing, hustle, disco, polka, lindy hop, fox-trot, quick step, etc. Veteran(s) should maintain physical contact with partner for greater part of dance.
7. Structured Latin Ballroom - Solo or Group. Latin style structured ballroom dances such as samba, cha-cha, salsa, Meringue, Machida, rumba, tango, etc. Veteran(s) should maintain physical contact with partner for greater part of dance.
8. Novelty - Solo or Group. A wheelchair routine consisting of original, imaginative, or innovative dance movements that incorporate a theme concept or characterization throughout the entire performance.
9. Country/Western/Folk/Ethnic/Cultural - Solo or Group. Country/western dances such as: Two Step, Waltz, Cowboy or Traveling Cha Cha, Polka, Schottische, promenade dances, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Line Dance, Square Dance. Choreographed/patterned dances associated with various cultures or countries. Examples may include: Clogging, Jewish Hora, Jig, May Pole, Mexican Hat, etc.
10. Line Dance - Set pattern of steps that repeat, with quarter or half turns facing 2 or 4 different walls. Suggest a minimum number of 3 Veterans to form a line. All group members must be Veterans unless the line dance requires a partner where the partner is necessary to perform the dance.
11. Interpretive Movement - Solo or Group. Interpreting song lyrics or feelings through hand movements or gestures. An example may be sign language. Movement of feet not required; no singing.

 Wheelchair or Ambulatory Dance Categories

12. Freestyle/Hip-Hop - Solo or Group. Wheelchair or Ambulatory. Non-choreographed/non-patterned movements that can involve any style of dance. Movements are spontaneous/improvisational. Entries into this category may contain many diverse steps and movements allowing dancers to use freedom of expression to enhance their dance style. Example: Freestyle hip-hop, etc.
13. Tap, Jazz or Ballet - Solo or Group. Wheelchair or Ambulatory. Traditional tap, jazz, or ballet patterns of movement choreographed to music in a routine. It is still considered a solo when one Veteran dances with a non-Veteran partner.
14.  Dance Meditation - Solo or Group. Using physical movements to meditate. Yoga dance and tai chi dance should be entered into this category.
15. Mixed Performing Arts - Solo or Group. Entries in this category must combine two or more performing arts styles. For example: dance and vocal solo, drama and instrumental. Entries will be judged on musicality and total presentation.

Senior Dance Category

16. Senior - Solo or Group. Wheelchair or Ambulatory. The purpose of the senior categories is to allow Veterans who may have experienced diminished physical or cognitive functioning an opportunity to compete in a category with persons who are at a similar level and age. The senior categories are special categories for Veterans age 65 and older. Entries may be ANY type of dance. Group members must all be eligible Veteran inpatients or outpatients 65 years of age or older. As with other group entries, groups may not be expanded by staff, volunteers or ineligible Veterans. If a partner is needed for the dance, then a staff member, volunteer or other person may be used, but the entry would be counted as a solo if only one Veteran is present. Seniors may also enter other categories in the dance division as well.

Dance Special Recognition Category

17. Special Recognition - Solo or Group. Wheelchair or ambulatory. All specific category rules still apply when entering the special recognition category. Entries that recognize individuals who exhibit creative expression through the use of dance while possessing significant physical or psychological limitations. The intent of this category is to reinforce the concept of the arts as therapy, where an individual uses artistic expression to facilitate successful treatment outcomes.
Entries in these categories MUST include:

  • Solo or Group Entry form
  • A written statement/narrative (25 to 225 words) by a VA staff person or the Veteran of why the Veteran is deserving of special recognition
  • Form 10-3203 – 2 pages (Consent for Production and Use of Verbal or Written Statements, Photographs, Digital Images, and/or Video or Audio Recordings by VA) signed by the Veteran and VA staff contact person.
  • Form 10-5345 – 1 page (Request for and Authorization to Release Medical Records or Health Information) signed by the Veteran and VA staff contact person.

Drama Categories

1. Solo Dramatic Prose - A composition in ordinary speech or writing (not poetry) presented by one eligible Veteran. (For example: a reading or excerpt from a speech.) Can be existing or original.
2. Group Dramatic Prose - A composition in ordinary speech or writing (not poetry) presented by two or more Veterans. Can be existing or original.
3. Solo Patriotic Prose - A composition in ordinary speech or writing (not poetry) with content that relates to American patriotism. Presented by one eligible Veteran. Can be existing or original.
4. Group Patriotic Prose - A composition in ordinary speech or writing (not poetry) with content that relates to American patriotism. Presented by two or more eligible Veterans. Can be existing or original.
5. Solo Inspirational Prose - A composition in ordinary speech or writing (not poetry) with content that is of spiritual nature, presented by one eligible Veteran. Can be existing or original.
6. Group Inspirational Prose - A composition in ordinary speech or writing (not poetry) with content that is of an inspirational nature, presented by two or more eligible Veterans. Can be existing or original.
7. Solo Comedy - Any drama of light and amusing character presented by one eligible Veteran. Can be existing or original.
8. Group Comedy - Any drama of light and amusing character presented by two or more eligible Veterans. Can be existing or original.
9. Solo Dramatic Poetry - A verse composition presented by one eligible Veteran. Can be existing or original.
10. Solo Patriotic Poetry - A verse composition with content that relates to American patriotism. Presented by one eligible Veteran. Can be existing or original.
11. Solo Inspirational Poetry - A verse composition with content that is of an inspirational nature, presented by one eligible Veteran. Can be existing or original.
12. Solo Comedy Poetry - A verse composition of light and amusing character presented by one eligible Veteran. Can be existing or original.
13. Group Poetry - A verse composition presented by two or more eligible Veterans. Can be existing or original.
14. Solo Interpretive Performance-Dramatic - A presentation by one eligible Veteran that involves acting, movement, and props. Original or existing.
15. Group Interpretive Performance-Dramatic - A presentation by two or more eligible Veterans that involves acting, movement, and props. Original or existing.
16. Solo Interpretive Performance-Novelty - A presentation by one eligible Veteran that is of light and amusing character involving acting, movement and props. Original or existing.
17. Group Interpretive Performance-Novelty - A presentation by two or more eligible Veterans that is of light and amusing character involving acting, movement and props. Original or existing.
18. Mime/Juggling/Magic/Puppetry and Ventriloquism - Solo or group. Mime: A presentation that imitates actions without words. Juggling: The art of keeping several objects in motion in the air at the same time by alternatively tossing and catching them. Magic: The art of producing illusions by sleight of hand. Puppetry/Ventriloquism: Any act where the Veteran(s) manipulates puppets and speaks in such a manner that his voice seems to be coming from the puppet.
19. Multimedia Video - Solo or group. An artistic presentation of a theme or topic approximately three minutes or less in length that is created, directed and edited completely by an eligible Veteran or Veterans. The video must contain a combination of three or more of the following: photography (original images only), graphics, videography, music, sound effects, animation, spoken dialog and/or narration. Judging criteria for this category includes: Structure and Organization; Originality and Creativity; Total Presentation.

Senior Drama Category

20. Senior Drama - Solo or Group.  The purpose of the senior categories is to allow Veterans who may have experienced diminished physical or cognitive functioning an opportunity to compete in a category with persons who are at a similar level and age.  The senior categories are special categories for Veterans age 65 and older.  Entries may be ANY type of drama.  Group members must all be eligible Veteran inpatients or outpatients 65 years of age or older.  As with other group entries, groups may not be expanded by staff, volunteers or ineligible Veterans.  If a female partner is needed for the entry, then a staff member, volunteer or other person may be used, but the entry would be counted as a solo if only one Veteran is present.  Seniors may also enter other categories in the drama division as well (not to exceed three total).  Multimedia entries are not allowed in this category.

Drama Special Recognition Category

21. Special Recognition - Solo or group.  Existing or original.  All specific category rules still apply when entering the special recognition category.  Entries that recognize individuals who exhibit creative expression through the use of drama while possessing significant physical or psychological limitations.  The intent of this category is to reinforce the concept of the arts as therapy, where an individual uses artistic expression to facilitate successful treatment outcomes.  Entries and their accompanying written statements from the Veteran’s VA staff contact person should focus on how the arts are used by the individual(s) to rise above severe limitations.  Multimedia entries are not allowed in this category.

Entries in this category MUST include:

  • Solo or Group Entry form
  • a written statement/narrative (25 to 225 words) by a VA staff person or the Veteran of why the Veteran is deserving of special recognition
  • Form 10-3203 – 2 pages (Consent for Production and Use of Verbal or Written Statements, Photographs, Digital Images, and/or Video or Audio Recordings by VA) signed by the Veteran and VA staff contact person (pages 90-91)
  • Form 10-5345 – 1 page (Request for and Authorization to Release Medical Records or Health Information) signed by the Veteran and VA staff contact person

Vocal Categories

1. Vocal Solo Country/Bluegrass
2. Vocal Solo Folk
3. Vocal Solo Pop
4. Vocal Solo Jazz
5. Vocal Solo Rhythm & Blues
6. Vocal Solo Classical – Serious or conventional music following long-established principles rather than a folk, jazz, or popular tradition (mid 1400s – late 1800s). Examples include symphonies, concertos, oratorios, operas, sonatas, fugues or any combination of dance movements such as suites.
7. Vocal Solo Broadway - Show Tunes, not movies. (Example: “People” would be acceptable as it is also from a Broadway show, not because it is from a movie. “New York, New York” would not be acceptable as it is from a 1977 Liza Minnelli movie.) Specify the Broadway show after the title.
8. Vocal Solo Rock
9. Vocal Solo Patriotic
10. Vocal Solo Inspirational

11. Solo or Group Vocal Comedy - A vocal selection that is of light and humorous character.
12. Solo or Group Vocal World/Ethnic Music - A vocal selection that reflects the music characteristics of a specific ethnicity, culture, or country. The selection should be from a culture other than that of English-speaking North America. Use of ethnic instruments as accompaniment is encouraged. This category does NOT include classical or popular music.
13. Solo or Group Vocal Rap/Hip Hop 
14. Original Vocal - Vocal solo or group. Original vocal compositions composed by one or more eligible Veterans judged solely on the merits of the composition. Lyrics and music must be composed entirely by an eligible Veteran/s and that Veteran/s will be the one entered in this category. A performer or group other than the composer may perform the work, but the composer(s) should be shown on the video. A copy of the typed lyrics must be attached to the entry form to aid the judges in evaluating the lyrics. Original rap music entries (rhythmic talking) should be entered into this category.

Vocal Group Categories

To meet the intent of the categories for Vocal Group, the group must have more than one eligible Veteran inpatient or outpatient singing. (Example: One eligible Veteran being accompanied on instruments by other eligible Veterans does not meet the definition of a vocal group. Instead, that would be a vocal solo with accompanists.)

15. Vocal Group Country/Folk/Bluegrass
16. Vocal Group Pop
17. Vocal Group Jazz/Rhythm & Blues - Include hip hop entries in this category.
18. Vocal Group Classical
19. Vocal Group Broadway
20. Vocal Group Rock
21. Vocal Group Patriotic
22. Vocal Group Inspirational

Senior Vocal Categories - Solo and Group

The purpose of the senior categories is to allow Veterans who may have experienced diminished physical functioning an opportunity to compete in a category with persons who are at a similar level and age.  Categories 22-23 are special categories for our senior eligible Veterans age 65 and older.  Entries may be any type music.  Group members must all be eligible Veteran inpatients and outpatients 65 years of age or older.  As with all other group categories, groups may not be expanded with staff, volunteers or ineligible Veterans.  There are not restrictions on accompanists.  Seniors are not limited to these categories but may also enter any of the other categories.

23. Senior Vocal Solo
24. Senior Vocal Group

25. Instrumental Solo Country/Folk/Bluegrass
26. Instrumental Solo Pop
27. Instrumental Solo Jazz/Rhythm & Blues
28. Instrumental Solo Classical
- Serious or conventional music following long-established principles rather than a folk, jazz, or popular tradition (mid 1400s – late 1800s). Examples include symphonies, concertos, oratorios, operas, sonatas, fugues or any combination of dance movements such as suites.
29. Instrumental Solo Classical - Serious or conventional music following long-established principles rather than a folk, jazz, or popular tradition (mid 1400s – late 1800s). Examples include symphonies, concertos, oratorios, operas, sonatas, fugues or any combination of dance movements such as suites.
30. Instrumental Solo Rock
31. Instrumental Solo Patriotic
32. Instrumental Solo Inspirational
33. Instrumental World/Ethnic Music
- Solo or Group. An instrumental selection that reflects the music characteristics of a special ethnicity, culture, or country. The selection should be from a culture other than that of English-speaking North America. Use of ethnic instruments is encouraged. This category does NOT include classical or popular music.
34. Instrumental Drums/Percussion - Solo or Group. It is the intent of this category to showcase non-melodic percussion instruments, i.e. trap set, congas, bongos, spoons, rhythm instruments, etc. This category would exclude percussion instruments that can produce an obvious melody line, i.e. xylophone, vibraphone, marimba, etc. Instrumental accompaniment may be present as desired and may include melody line, but ONLY the percussionist will be judged. Vocal percussion beat boxing should be entered into this category.
35. Original Instrumental with Melody Line - Solo or Group. Original instrumental compositions composed by one or more eligible Veterans judged solely on the merits of the composition. Music must contain a distinct melody line and must be composed entirely by an eligible Veteran/s and that Veteran/s will be the one entered in this category. A performer or group other than the composer may perform the work, but the composer(s) should be shown on the video.
36. Original Instrumental without Melody Line - Solo or Group. Entries in this category would include instrument improvisations, soundscapes, etc.

Senior Instrumental Category

37.  Senior Instrumental - Solo or Group. The purpose of the senior category is to allow Veterans who may have experienced diminished physical or cognitive functioning an opportunity to compete in a category with persons who are at a similar level and age. Entries may be ANY type music. Group members must all be eligible Veteran inpatients and outpatients 65 years of age or older. Seniors are not limited to these categories but may also enter any of the other categories.

Instrumental Group Categories

38. Instrumental Group Country/Folk/Bluegrass
39. Instrumental Group Jazz/Rhythm & Blues/Rock
40. Instrumental Group Pop/Classical/Broadway
41. Instrumental Group Patriotic/Inspirational
42. Instrumental Group Handbells/Handchimes

Band Categories

To meet the criteria for the categories for Band, the group must consist entirely of eligible Veterans and must include at least one singer and at least three instrumentalists.  If all group members sing, the song must be entered into a Vocal Group category. Each group member must offer a significant musical contribution to the group.  Entries into this category will be judged by the overall performance of the entire group (vocalists and instrumentalists).  All group members must be shown on the video. Note:  This category differs from the vocal group and instrumental group categories. 

43. Band - Country / Folk / Bluegrass / Pop
44. Band - Jazz / Rhnythm & Blues / Rock

Music Special Recognition Vocal or Instrumental Categories

All specific category rules still apply when entering the special recognition category. These categories are for music entries that recognize individuals who exhibit creative expression through the use of music while possessing significant physical or psychological limitations. The intent of this category is to reinforce the concept of the arts as therapy, where an individual uses artistic expression to facilitate successful treatment outcomes.

45. Special Recognition Vocal or Instrumental Solo
46. Special Recognition Vocal or Instrumental Group

Entries in this category MUST include:

  • Solo or Group Entry form
  • a written statement/narrative (25 to 225 words) by a VA staff person or the Veteran of why the Veteran is deserving of special recognition
  • Form 10-3203 – 2 pages (Consent for Production and Use of Verbal or Written Statements, Photographs, Digital Images, and/or Video or Audio Recordings by VA) signed by the Veteran and VA staff contact person (pages 90-91)
  • Form 10-5345 – 1 page (Request for and Authorization to Release Medical Records or Health Information) signed by the Veteran and VA staff contact person

Contact

Public Affairs Office
307-778-7523
Samuel.House2@va.gov

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