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DC Arts Organization Holds ‘Day of Reflection’ Honoring Loved Ones Lost To COVID-19

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“Day of Reflection” will take place Monday, November 23, 2020, to honor the family and friends lost to COVID-19. The two-hour program will broadcast live at 7:00 PM ET on Facebook.

DC’s vibrant and diverse creative community will unite with for a night of tributes, memorials and performances from DC luminaries representing the fields of music, dance, theatre, poetry, literary arts, visual arts and media; and a special presentation of Maya Angelou’s poem, “When Great Trees Fall,” followed by a reading of names in memoriam of loved ones lost to the pandemic.

The Day of Reflection, a two-hour hybrid live and pre-recorded broadcast, will include presentations by: Arena Stage, Atlas Performing Arts Center, THEARC Theater, Capitol Hill Jazz Foundation, Capital Fringe, Cathedral Choral Society, Collaboration, Dance Place, DC Jazz Festival, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, GALA Hispanic Theatre, Folger Shakespeare Library, Ford’s Theatre, The Phillips Collection, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Princess Mhoon Dance Institute, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Studio Theatre, Theatre Alliance, The Washington Bach Consort, The Washington Chorus, Washington Performing Arts, and The Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.

With support from the Government of the District of Columbia Creative Affairs Office, the program was produced by Day of Reflection event chair and executive director of the DC Jazz Festival Sunny Sumter and award-winning film director TL Benton of MECCA Filmworks.

“At a time when the nation’s feels so polarized and our communities are challenged over the COVID-19 pandemic, the arts community in the nation’s capital feels compelled to find our common humanity—remember and celebrate the lives lost, and offer some hope as we approach the holidays,” said Sumter. “Our community is our safety net.”

The Day of Reflection will also include a conversation with leading mental health specialists that will offer positive strategies to help those who are still grieving stay connected to family and friends this holiday season. This conversation, produced by the DC Creative Affairs Office is part of Care for Creatives, new program offered through the George Washington University Community Counseling Services Center, aimed at providing affordable mental health services to members of the D.C. creative community.

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