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~ Stay tuned! The contest will open for submissions in June 2018 ~

About the Contest

What is ArtsInspire™?

ArtsInspire™ encapsulates the idea that whether one continues a lifelong passion or pursues a new hobby later in life, the arts inspire ageless creativity!

ArtsInspire is a contest that showcases the artistic talents of older Texans from not-for-profit aging services communities across the state. LeadingAge Texas receives over 200 entries every year that are judged by experts in the field such as university professors, artists, authors, etc. The judges are always impressed with the quality of work submitted and the expression displayed through various medias.

ArtsInspire is a core program of LeadingAge Texas—2018 will mark the contest's 28th year—and we at LeadingAge Texas believe that this project is one of the most positive tools we can utilize to highlight the positives of the aging process as it educates the public on the value of the creativity expressed by older Texans!

Who is Eligible?

Current residents of LeadingAge Texas' community members are eligible to participate. The submitted artwork must have been completed when the resident was at least 62 and/or while the artist/author/musician was residing in a LeadingAge Texas community.

Who is an ArtsInspire Coordinator?

Each participating community must have a designated ArtsInspire™ Coordinator. Coordinators, click here to access the Coordinators' Corner.

Is your community interested, but you're not yet signed up as an ArtsInspire Coordinator? Please sign up to be an ArtsInspire™ Coordinator or encourage your community's Activity Professional or interested colleague to do so!

Who are the Judges?

A group of judges including university professors, arts/crafts professionals, and musicians will judge the submissions entered in the respective categories and will select those that will be displayed at the Exhibition and presented at the Awards Ceremony.


Visual Arts

Distinguished Arts
artwork in any medium by a resident 95+ at time of work's completion

illustrations created using charcoals, pencil, pastel, etc.

Hard Crafts
crafted by carving, casting, modeling, or other
shaping methods, including items crafted to be
worn for personal adornment

Majestic Arts
artwork in any medium by a resident with Alzheimer’s or other dementia

Master Works
reproduction of another artist's work in any medium

Mixed Media
crafted from more than one medium

Painting: Oil and/or Acrylic (on canvas or paper)

Painting: Watercolor (on canvas or paper)

Painting: Alternative (on any surface other
than canvas/paper [china, wood, ceramic, etc.])

image captured by camera and viewed as a print

Soft Crafts: Decorative
needlework, not plain sewing (embroidery, cross-stitch, needlepoint, etc.)

Soft Crafts: Sewing
crafted by needle & thread, or a sewing machine (quilting, sewing, etc.)

Soft Crafts: Textile
crafted by crocheting, knitting, weaving, tatting, etc.


Written Arts



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