DC Day of Reflection

Day of Reflection

The Day of Reflection, a remembrance event spearheaded by DC arts organizations, will be held on Monday, November 23rd in honor of friends, family and loved ones lost to COVID-19. DC's vibrant and diverse creative community will unite for a day of special tributes and performances from DC luminaries in music, dance, theatre, poetry, literary arts, visual arts and media.

The two-hour program will broadcast live on Facebook at 7:00 PM ET and will include a reading of the names of loved ones lost to COVID. Community members who have lost someone to COVID can submit names to be recognized during the reading here. (Submission deadline: 11/12/2020)

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 Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment's 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. 

More information about the Day of Reflection and how to participate will be shared soon, make sure to join our mailing list to stay informed.

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Special thanks to the following DC organizations for their support and for participating in the 2020 DC Day of Reflection: The Day of Reflection, a 2-hour hybrid live and pre-recorded broadcast, will include presentations supported by: Arena Stage, Atlas Performing Arts Center, THEARC Theater, Capital Fringe, Capitol Hill Jazz Foundation, Capitol Percussion, Cathedral Choral Society, The Choral Arts Society of Washington, Collaboration, Dance Place, DC Jazz Festival, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Folger Shakespeare Library, Ford’s Theatre, GALA Hispanic Theatre, Hillwood Estate Museum & Gardens, The International Association of Blacks In Dance, MECCA Filmworks, National Building Museum, National Museum of Women in the Arts, The Phillips Collection, Princess Mhoon Dance Institute, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Studio Theatre, Theater Alliance, Union Stage, The Washington Bach Consort, The Washington Ballet, The Washington Chorus, Washington Performing Arts, and The Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. 

Media Partners include: The Washington Post, WHUR, Events DC, The Washington Informer, Georgetowner, We Act Radio, WOWD Takoma Radio and WPFW.


When Great Trees Fall

Maya Angelou

When great trees fall,
rocks on distant hills shudder,
lions hunker down
in tall grasses,
and even elephants
lumber after safety.

When great trees fall
in forests,
small things recoil into silence,
their senses
eroded beyond fear.

When great souls die,
the air around us becomes
light, rare, sterile.
We breathe, briefly.
Our eyes, briefly,
see with
a hurtful clarity.
Our memory, suddenly sharpened,
gnaws on kind words
promised walks
never taken.

Great souls die and
our reality, bound to
them, takes leave of us.
Our souls,
dependent upon their
now shrink, wizened.
Our minds, formed
and informed by their
 fall away.
We are not so much maddened
as reduced to the unutterable ignorance
dark, cold

And when great souls die,
after a period peace blooms,
slowly and always
irregularly. Spaces fill
with a kind of
soothing electric vibration.
Our senses, restored, never
to be the same, whisper to us.
They existed. They existed.
We can be. Be and be
better. For they existed.