Legacy of Valor

MARCH 7-APRIL 24, 2014. The Manatee County Agricultural Museum and Palmetto Historical Park of Florida have been accepted as a partner in the 2014 Legacy of Valor campaign, a project rallying the community to honor veterans, inspire patriotism and pass freedom on to others. The Legacy of Valor will also host an art show featuring Veteran Artist Program (VAP) participants March 7-April 24, 2014. Artists may sell their work at this show through the Agricultural Museum. For more information please contact Diane.Ingram@manateeclerk.com.

Army Week Soldier For Life Award

VAP is partnering with Army Week Association’s Soldier for Life Award Competition to create two awards to be presented during Army Week NYC and Army Week NOLA in June 2014. The design competition aims to be an annual juried design competition that honors the best veteran artists to provide them publicity and recognition of their creative skills. This award should embody what Soldier for Life stands for – a lifetime of service to their country and community.

– The design should be able to be held in one hand, no more than 10 inches tall and have a base that allows the award to sit on a table or mantle. The Soldier for Life award should capture the following traits as well as reflect the region in which the award will be given (New York City and New Orleans):
– The Soldier for Life award will be presented to a veteran of the United States Army
– The awardee has succeeded in transitioning into a prosperous career
– The awardee is a pillar of their community
– The awardee must be dedicated to the veterans cause and be “paying it forward” for the next generation of soldiers

Design Competition Prize
1st place in each city
– Present award alongside Army Week representatives
– Receive recognition and promotional considerations on VAP and Army Week websites
– Two (2) seats at the Army Week Gala
– One-night stay in NYC or New Orleans
2nd/3rd place
– Receive recognition through Army Week and VAP social media channels
– Two (2) seats at Army week gala

Design Competition Timeline
– March 1st – 15th, 2014: Letters of inquiry are accepted via VAP website
– March 24th, 2014: Top 5 designs for both NYC and New Orleans are notified via email and additional information is requested
– April 1st – April 30th: Top 10 designs battle it out for most Facebook image shares on Army Week’s and VAP’s Facebook Page. The public will decide the top 3 designs based on the most shares of each design
– May 1st, 2014: VAP, Army Week and industry partners will announce the winners and runner-ups
– May 1st – May 30th, 2014: Design winners create and finalize selected awards
– June 1st – 7th, 2014: Army Week NOLA Week of Events
– June 8th – 15th, 2014: Army Week NYC Week of Events


For more information, contact Jordan Rubio at Jordan@veteranartistprogram.org
In order for a good design award to be fair, and to ensure that the competition is fair, financial independence is of importance together with award jury and methodology. The Army Week Association’s Soldier for Life Award Competition does not permit sponsors to take part in the competition.