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Why Art Matters

Self Portrait


Rick's image for the Self Portrait assignment was a realization both for the fStop class and command. No one at the time knew he had been issued 31 different medications until his image arrived during one of our fStop sessions. As a result of this photo, the command assigned a Pharmacist Mate to the Battalion. This digital photography class is a perfect example of providing a service member with a new ‘language’ in which to better communicate.

Photo: Tug McGraw fStop Warrior Project Collection (2013)


By exploring different art mediums, the Tug McGraw Foundation’s Creative Brain Project encourages new ways of communication. In many instances, veterans have experienced situations that are far too difficult to express through verbal conversation. Our art programs not only offer veterans new ways to communicate, but they also learn new skills they can use in the next chapter of their life. Connecting veteran artists with civilian artists also allows for a natural collaborative and mentoring exchange to take place and helps better connect our veteran artists with their community.


Areas of Focus

Visuals Arts * Digital Photography * Gallery Exhibits

Fleet Week San Francisco Academy of Art Exhibit- Oct 2018

Academy Of Art University
Galleries At The Cannery
October 2 - 21, 2018
9 am - 6 pm

50 Yountville Veterans and Staff Members to Take on Prominent Role at this Year’s Fleet Week Art Exhibition
In collaboration with the San Francisco Fleet Week Association and the Tug McGraw Foundation,  the Yountville Veterans Home has been invited once again to take part in Fleet Week's 6th Annual Veterans Art Exhibit, October 1-8, 2018 in San Francisco. This exclusive exhibition will be presented in the gallery of The Cannery in Fisherman's Wharf, led by the professional guidance of the prestigious Academy of Art University.  In a dedicated gallery space, veteran home artists will have the opportunity to showcase their works as part of a collection entitled “The Art of Healing.”  Selected submissions will spotlight how art mediums are used to explore the healing process--whether figuratively, conceptually, literally, or abstractly. Learn More 

Class of 2018 Yountville Home Fleetweek Artists