The Asheville Area Arts Council (AAAC) is proud to present our Arts & Wellness program for Veterans. This program serves as an alternative method of healing through art classes and workshops that provide avenues of expression that goes beyond those traditionally offered. Through innovative collaborations with organizations and specially trained artists, we have brought together the creative arts to this unique population in support of their recovery.

Arts & Wellness offers hands-on workshops in ceramics, creative writing, painting, poetry, dance, and textiles to veterans free of charge. These programs take place at several locations throughout the Buncombe County community, such as Linwood Crump Shiloh Center, Odyssey ClayWorks, ABCCM’s Veterans Restoration Quarters, Charles George VA Medical Center, and ABCCM’s Steadfast House. The AAAC’s goal is to help this population tell their own stories and seek to heal through art.

The following quotes from participants in the program embody the importance of these offerings:

“It has been therapeutic for me to be in a group that has had experiences akin to my own, with people who recount incidents and feeling that resonate with me. This has freed me to talk about hard things that I’d never spoken of to anyone.”

“This has been the best and most beneficial group I have experienced at the VA hospital.”

“It allows veterans to come to grips with trying life experiences and tribulations in a different positive way.”


Program Descriptions

Weaving for Veterans

Mondays,  May 21 – June 11

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

@Charles George VA Medical Center – Classroom B

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

The Asheville Area Arts Council is bringing weaving to the VA in a new textiles class designed specifically for veterans! Weaving is not only creative but also meditative. Using cardboard and frame looms you will learn the basics of weaving. You will learn tapestry techniques and leave with a small tapestry of your own. This class is fun, creative and explorative.

Weaving for Veterans

Mondays, April 30 – May 14

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

@Charles George VA Medical Center – Classroom B

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

The Asheville Area Arts Council is bringing weaving to the VA in a new textiles class designed specifically for veterans! Weaving is not only creative but also meditative. Using cardboard and frame looms you will learn the basics of weaving. You will learn tapestry techniques and leave with a small tapestry of your own. This class is fun, creative and explorative.

 

 

 

 

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.