The Asheville Area Arts Council (AAAC) is excited to announce the launch of an Arts & Wellness program for Veterans who carry either wounds of war or life in September 2017. Through innovative collaborations with organizations and specially trained artists, we will bring the creative arts to this unique population in support of their recovery and healing through programming that provides avenues of expression beyond those traditionally offered.

Arts & Wellness will offer hands-on workshops in ceramics, creative writing, mask making, painting, poetry, dance, and textiles to veterans free of charge. Programs will take place at the Linwood Crump Shiloh Center, Charles George VA Medical CenterOdyssey Clay WorksABCCM’s Veterans Restoration Quarters, and ABCCM’s Steadfast House. The AAAC’s goal is to help this population tackle their own stories and seek to heal through art. 

Program Descriptions

Weaving for Veterans

Mondays, January 29 – March 26

2:00 – 5:00 pm

@ Local Cloth Studio in the AAAC’s The Refinery

FREE, but registration is required. To register, click here or call 828.258.0710

Interested in finding unique ways to relax? Want to try your hand at something new this winter? Then join Local Cloth and the Asheville Area Arts Council in a new textiles class designed specifically for veterans! Weaving is not only creative but also meditative. This class will take you through the basics of weaving, starting off with frame looms and then onto table looms. You will learn different weave structures which will leave you with the tools for endless weaving possibilities as well as your own personal set of napkins or handkerchiefs.

Pottery for Veterans

Friday, February 2 OR Friday, February 9, 2018

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Linwood Crump Shiloh Center

FREE to Veterans but pre-registration is required

16 participants

To register: Call 828.258.0710 or click preferred date

February 2

February 9

Want to try your hand at something new this winter? Odyssey ClayWorks and the Asheville Area Arts Council will be offering two pottery classes for Veterans in February at the Shiloh Community Center. Our instructors will guide you through the basics and help you make your ideas come to life. Sponsored by the Arts Council,  and with the generous support of the Ramble Charitable Foundation, these classes are being offered free of charge to Veterans.

Working in conjunction with the Asheville Area Arts Council, Odyssey ClayWorks is proud to offer this class free of charge to veterans. Limited enrollment.


The Arts & Wellness program for Veterans is generously funded by:


The Ramble Charitable Fund of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina

The James G. Hanes Memorial Fund

  This project is supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.