Veterans' Mural Project
Storys of Service, Courage and Heroism
The Veterans’ Mural Project is a totally volunteer art project currently underway at the Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville, NC. Under the direction of resident volunteer artist Jim Stilwell dozens of Veterans as well as non-military members of the community have been participating. Art experience is not necessary to participate. The murals are being painted on over 200’ of wall space in the hospital. Images include stories of service, courage and heroism, the history of the hospital, personal accounts from wars and conflicts, Veteran support groups, community partners, and VA staff.
In addition to being a morale booster and fun for the Veterans this project is therapeutic, helping enhance quality of life by providing a meaningful activity to increase self-esteem, self-worth and reduce stress.
“When you can create something it can also empower you to do other things in your life.” J. Stilwell
Jim would really like to see this project in other VA hospitals and encourages those who are interested to contact him to discuss ways to proceed.
“I know that there are blank walls everywhere. What makes this project unique is it is not just an artist coming in to paint a mural. It is a community effort.”
Phase 1-Stories of Service, Courage and Heroism
Thank you to our men and women who serve and have served our country during times of war and peace.
Phase 2-Charles George VA Medical Center History
Phase 3- Call to Duty
A Historic Journey
I have never been to War so I cannot say I know how that feels. I do understand what a sense of duty or service to a cause is because of certain things I have done in my life.
Continuing work. Due to Covid the murals have been on hold since March of 2020. When we get the all clear we will proceed with the Gulf Wars and Afganistan murals that were in an early stage of block out and painting.
Phase 4- A salute to our VA Staff, Programs and Partners
Thanks to All Who Make Our VA Possible
This phase is just in it's infancy. We have over 150 feet of wall space to honor the Team. I am hoping to get the all clear to return to move forward again. I have a team of existing volunteers and a couple of new Vets to help out.
Each mini-mural is a collaboration with each group to depict their roles in making the Charles George VA Medical Center on of this country's finest VA facility.