The Asheville Area Arts Council (AAAC) is proud to serve the Veterans in Buncombe County.
There are several ways in which we support this community.
Read about them below and follow the links for more information. 

Arts & Wellness for Veterans Classes

Fall classes are now posted.
All classes are FREE for veterans, but registration is required.

The Arts & Wellness Program for Veterans serves as an alternative method of healing through art classes and workshops that provide avenues of expression that go 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. Fall classes include:

How to Write Your Life Story: A Memoir Intensive for Women
Saturdays, Oct. 6 – Nov. 10 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Creative Writing and Poetry
Tuesdays, Oct. 9 – Dec. 18 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Pottery (FULL CLASS)
Fridays, Oct. 12 – Dec. 14 | 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Drawing Workshop
Saturday, Oct. 20 | 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Mixed Media for Veteran Families
Saturday, Nov. 3 | 10:00 – 11:30 am

Observations in Art and Movement
Tuesdays, Dec. 4 – 18 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Follow this link below to learn more about Art & Wellness for Veterans classes, or to register.


Veterans’ Juried Art Exhibition

November 2 – 30, 2018
Reception: November 2 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm

To recognize our local veterans and illustrate how the arts can build bridges between the military and civilian communities, we are hosting a 2018 Veterans Juried Exhibition. We will be highlighting the artwork of veterans in the Arts & Wellness program as well as veteran artists in the community.

Cash prizes will be awarded to Best in Show, Second, and Third Place, as well as for two honorable mentions, which will be selected by representatives of the AAAC and the Charles George VA Medical Center.

When the artists are selected, they will be featured on the Veterans’ Juried Art Exhibition webpage.


Veterans Showcase

November 10, 2018
3:00 – 5:00 pm
@ The Grey Eagle

Celebrate the veterans and instructors who have participated in the Arts & Wellness for Veterans Program by attending the 2018 Veterans’ Showcase. Don’t miss moving performances by the attendees of Music of Veterans, a ceramics demonstration, and readings from those in the poetry and creative writing classes.

In addition these live performances by local veterans, we will be joined by Black Box Dance Theatre, a company from Raleigh that brings a new and unique vision to dance. In a powerful performance called Move to Action led by veteran, composer, and dance collaborator, Alfredo Hurtado, the troupe will portray Hurtado’s poignant story.

Visit the Veterans Showcase page.