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Reflection Sessions

2nd Tuesday of every month
6-7:30pm Central / 7-8:30pm Eastern

In September 2020, Art2Action and The Carver Community Cultural Center launched a year-plus series of "Reflection Sessions" leading up to the 20th anniversary of 9/11, and commemorating its aftermath. These live, online events are interactive, art-based dialogue sessions reflecting on our nation, and the world, in the post-9/11 era. Each session will be grounded in a performance excerpt from Eleven Reflections on September, by Arab American theatre artist Andrea Assaf, with special guest speakers and artists, creative prompts, and facilitated dialogue. Our special guests include:

September 8, 2020: That Day - James Scruggs, Playwright, Performer & Media Artist

October 13: Aftermath - S.T. Shimi, Playwright & Performance Artist


November 10 : Endless War - Garett Reppenhagen, Executive Director of Veterans for Peace


December 8: Jasmine Revolution - Karim Hamdy & Laura Rice, Scholars & Translators


January 12, 2021: Tahrir - Dalia Basiouny, Playwright, Activist & Theatre-Maker


February 9: ALERT! - Assia Boundaoui, Filmmaker & Journalist, and Nimo H. Farah, Poet & Organizer, co-presented by the Arab American National Museum


March 9: Judgment - Heather Raffo, Playwright & Actress


April 13: This Woman, This Sea - Kholoud Sawaf, Theatre Director


May 11: Meet the Artists! - Dialogue with the Eleven Reflections on September ensemble, following our May 1st Digital Premiere with The Carver! Video available through May 11th - watch the show, and join us for a conversation with the cast!


June 8: Blood of Spring - Denmo Ibrahim, Theatre-Maker


July 13: Quadroon - Rasha Abdulhadi, Poet


August 10: Summer Rain - Leila Buck, Playwright & Actress


September 14 - The 20th Anniversary - Naomi Shihab Nye, Poet, Songwriter & Novelist


October 12 - When are we going to talk about the wa-? - Bina Sharif, Playwright, Performer & Visual Artist


November 9 - Meet the Artists! Eleven Reflections: San Antonio - Sneak Preview of the upcoming performance at The Carver, with members of the San Antonio-based ensemble!



To​ Register for these *FREE* Reflection Sessions, visit our Events page!


Eleven Reflections on September is a poetry/spoken word, multimedia performance on Arab American experience, Wars on/of Terror, and “the constant, quiet rain of death amidst beauty” that each autumn brings in a post-9/11 world. The annual witnessing of autumn leaves becomes a metaphor for the fallen. This trans-disciplinary project includes performances with interactive media design and live music; community dialogues; visual arts exhibits; open mics, panels and opportunities for action through partnerships with peace organizations.

In 2021, we will re-create this project as a large-scale, community-based, devised performance directed, by Andrea Assaf, engaging Middle Eastern/North African (MENA) and Muslim American artists and allies in San Antonio, Texas. Commissioned by The Carver, we hope this version of the project, Eleven Reflections: San Antonio, will become a model for a replicable process. As more cities and communities engage, we hope to launch a rolling series, Eleven Reflections on the Nation, in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of 9/11.