News & Events

Transgender SEAL veteran Kristin Beck: Film Screening & Art Exhibit for St. Pete Pride Weekend

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The VACTB is honored to host Kristin Beck at multiple events June 23-25. Join us for a film screening of Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story, exhibit of artwork by Kristin, and as our guest in the St. Pete Pride Parade.

She served for 20 years before her transition and took part in 13 deployments. She was a member of the United States Navel Special Warfare Development Group (aka DEVGRU), a special counter-terrorism unit known as SEAL Team Six. Beck has received multiple military awards and decorations including a Bronze Star and Purple Heart.


Our Grand Opening

March 25, 2017
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The grand opening featured incredible artwork created by military, veterans, first responders and their families. Throughout the day visitors enjoyed art demonstrations, entertainment by local musicians and a variety of food options from local vendors.

St. Petersburg Bowl Half Time Presentation

December 26, 2016
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The Veterans Art Center Tampa Bay participated in the St. Petersburg Bowl Half Time show at Tropicana Field. The bowl game featured  Mississippi State facing off against Miami in this ninth annual game. The game was featured on ESPN nationwide.

Check Presentation to the VACTB

February 15, 2016
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Solvability CEO Jenny Clark presents 5000K Founder contribution to the VACTB !!!

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Palladium Theater 1 Nov: The VACTB presented the United States Army Band with two pieces of art work. The VACTB looks forward in future concerts with the Army Band. The theater was maxed full with 840 in attendance. "The Force for Performing Art"

Thanks to these two outstanding Army Veteran Artists who were commissioned

"The Jazz" SGT Anthony Apolinar (right photo)
"America" CWO Greg Crumbly

One of last surviving Tuskegee Airmen, 100, honored with commemorative portrait

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Wednesday, the Veteran’s Art Center of Tampa Bay honored Willie Rogers, one of the last surviving members of the famed Tuskegee Airmen with a portrait commemorating his service and his sacrifice.

 

By Trevor Pettiford, Reporter
Last Updated: Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 10:41 PM


At age 100, Willie Rogers is living history. He’s seen more than most can imagine.
Rogers is one of the last surviving members of the famed Tuskegee Airmen.
Wednesday, the Veteran’s Art Center of Tampa Bay honored the World War II veteran with a portrait commemorating his service and his sacrifice.


“I’m very proud mostly for my children and grandchildren,” said Rogers. “They will know some of the things that their daddy and granddaddy did in the past.”


Rogers was born March 4, 1915 and was drafted into the Army in 1942, eventually earning the rank of Master Sergeant of the 100th Air Engineer Squad, before leaving the military and settling down in St. Petersburg in 1949.
Artist Greg Crumbly said it was a challenge capturing all that history in one painting.
“I wanted his face and his memories to be front and center,” he said. Rogers said his key to longevity is, “See nothing, hear nothing and say nothing unless you’re involved in it.”

 

http://www.baynews9.com/content/news/baynews9/news/article.html/content/news/articles/bn9/2015/8/19/last_tuskegee_airman.html

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St. Petersburg, Fl 33710

Phone. 813-504-3092

Email. VACTB@outlook.com