Thursday, May 19, 2011

DC Arts Collaboration Explores Healing 10 Years after September 11th

DC Arts Collaboration Explores Healing 10 Years after September 11th     
Washington, DC - May 11, 2011 - Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts announces the launch of The 9/11 Arts Project - A collaboration of artists, social activists, non-profits, and interfaith groups in the Washington metropolitan area that explores individual, community, and global healing 10 years after 9/11.

In light of recent news and the upcoming 10-year anniversary, conversation about the impact and aftermath of 9/11 is ubiquitous. The 9/11 Arts Projectis positioned to provide a local forum for extending that dialogue, sparking community engagement, creative expression, and a healing discourse.  Initiated by Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts, a DC nonprofit arts, health, and education organization, the citywide project will kick off a "year of healing," with multi-venue project events to take place around the anniversary and throughout the year (9/2011-9/2012).

Events and programs will span creative genres including dance and literary performances, art exhibitions, facilitated dialogues, concerts, theatre, interfaith services, film screenings, ... etc., and will focus on such themes as social justice, multiculturalism, religious tolerance, art activism, individual healing, national trauma, and community engagement-to name a few.

Local social activist groups, galleries, fine artists, community groups, interfaith leaders, writers, non-profits, dance troupes, poets, theaters, and musicians are now being invited to join the project by sharing their unique voices and contributing a program or event.

The project is supported by an Advisory Committee of local arts leaders, social activists, and grief experts, and a Honorary Committee including: Councilmember Jack Evans;Judy A. Greenberg, Director of The Kreeger Museum; Dr. George Halasz,Expert in Trauma Transmission; Imam Yahya Hendi, President of Clergy Beyond Borders; Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton; Philippa Hughes of The Pink Line Project; Reverand Dr. Clark Lobenstine, Executive Director of The Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington; Jack Rasmussen, Director of American University Museum; Dr. Siddharth Shah, Expert in Psychosocial Trauma; Andy Shallal of Busboys & Poets; and Brigadier General Wilma Vaught, President of the Women in Military Service for America Memorial.

To learn more about The 9/11 Arts Project please visit,

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