The 9/11 Arts Project Launches this week – here are just a few of the opening events!

The 9/11 Arts Project Launches this week – here are just a few of the opening events!
Please visit for the FULL LIST of the over 30 events citywide!

Thursday Sept. 8 | 7-9pm
10 Years After 9/11 Opening Reception
The Pepco Edison Place Gallery | 702 8th St., NW
“Ten Years After 9/11”, co-curated by Bill Dunlap and Helen Frederick, will feature works whose contextual concerns from the ten year period since 9/11 create multiple points of view and conversations. The invited artists include inter-generational and established artists who have given generously to the greater metropolitan and international community. The exhibition gathers artists whose work explores the human condition with all its various tensions, uniting direct experiences, cultural paths, social and political concerns, and penetrating universal meanings and questions that our world(s) ask us to consider since September 11, 2001.

Friday Sept. 9 | 7-9pm
Vessel Opening Reception
Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery | 1632 U St., NW
After a year of renovation the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery is excited to re-open its doors and present its grand re-opening exhibition, VESSEL. Since 9/11 fear has plagued our cultural psyche, resurrecting the divisive “we” and “other” in our communities. On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, our small hope is to use art to open greater avenues for connection and to catalyze a healing discourse. VESSEL combines abstract works to evoke a sacred space of “holding,” where open community dialogue may be inspired. Selected works express an effort to move beyond and communicate that ‘healing is possible’ for everyone. Featuring works by Emily Biondo, Alonzo Davis, Jenny Freestone, Pat Goslee, Ani Kasten, M.J. Kavian, Madeleine Keesing, Rachel Rotenberg, Angela White, and Millicent Young. The opening will also feature a dance performance by Nathaniel Bond, Anthony Gongora, Tzveta Kassabova, and Giselle Ruzany of Maida Withers Dance Construction Company, based on Collision Course with live music by Steve Hilmy.

Saturday Sept. 10 | 11am-7pm
CREATE Arts Center’s Interactive Arts as Healing
The 9/11 Arts Project’s Tent at Arts on Foot | 7th & F St.’s, NW
CREATE Arts Center will lead a family-friendly arts workshop where adults and children will create “Dream Scrolls” capturing their dreams for the future and hopes in a post 9/11 world.

Sunday Sept. 11 | 1pm
World Peace Interfaith Service
Smith Center for Healing and the Arts | 1632 U St., NW
The World Interfaith Peace Ceremony is based on a unique interfaith service that has been practiced for over 30 years. Representatives of different world faith traditions will gather around a single altar and each offer readings, poems, prayers and music that represents their tradition and are in keeping with a spirit of brotherhood and peace amongst all peoples. This event is an inspiring and uplifting celebration of the oneness of the human spirit – particularly important in times of conflict and extremism.

Sunday Sept. 11 | 4pm
Kurt Steger’s Burden Boat Project Ceremony
National Portrait Gallery’s Kogod Courtyard | 8th and F Streets, NW
Sculptor Kurt Steger and members of members of The 9/11 Arts Project, an initiative of Smith
Center for Healing and the Arts, will engage the public in a water cleansing commemorative event September 11. Steger’s “Burden Boat Project” will be placed in the flowing water scrims in the west end of the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors will add messages into the boat as part of the event. At 4 p.m. the artist will pour water over the messages left in the boat so the burdens receive cleansing, healing and release. At a later time the softened messages will be pulped into a book of hopes and dreams for the present and future.
Musician Michael Pestel will join the commemoration to bring attendees into a space of reverie, honoring the date of 10 years after the events of September 11, 2001.

Sunday Sept. 11 | 6pm
REBIRTH Documentary Screening
National Portrait Gallery’s Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium | 8th and F Streets, NW
From early 2002 through 2009, the REBIRTH film crew chronicled the lives of five people directly affected by 9/11. Their narratives are the thread of recovery and resiliency from grief, loss and trauma that comprise the unique message of the film. REBIRTH also simultaneously tracks – via unprecedented multi-camera time-lapse photography – the evolution of the former WTC and the entire rebuilding of the site. Though the film captures the minute-by-minute demolition and redevelopment of the WTC site until 2009, Project Rebirth will continue the time-lapse element of the project until the site is completed in its entirety.

Contact: Brooke Seidelmann, Co-Director of The 9/11 Arts Project


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One Response to The 9/11 Arts Project Launches this week – here are just a few of the opening events!

  1. Brooke, I wanted to let you know about a project I did soon after 9/11: “Dichotomy: It Was a Matter of Time and Place, a 9/11 Storytelling Project. (

    Having been in DC on 9/11 I realized that where we were that day determined how we experienced the attacks. So I created a website that asks people to tell their stories from two vantage points: Participants: those in DC, NYC, on planes, or who had loved ones or friends directly involved in the attacks; and Witnesses, those who experienced the day via the media. I pair two stories from each of these points of view together. Reloading the page brings up two more stories. Each reinforces how place and time played important parts in our perceptions of 9/11.

    People have submitted some amazing stories (like a survivor of the Twin Towers) and new stories are still being submitted. If you or your readers would like to participate in this project please feel free to.

    What’s your story?

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