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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.




Eleven Reflections on September is an Art2Action production, originally commissioned by Pangea World Theater‘s 2011 Alternate Visions Festival, and supported in part by the Princess Grace Foundation-USA Theater Fellowship program, the National Performance Network (NPN) Performance Residency program, and United States Artists. The 2015 New York premiere was presented by La MaMa ETC, in association with Art2Action and Hi-ARTS, with the generous support of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA Special Projects grant, and the Puffin Foundation. The 2021 Digital Production and the REFLECTION SESSIONS series were commissioned by The Carver Community Cultural Center, as part of the multiyear "11 Reflections: San Antonio" project, a component of ELEVEN REFLECTIONS ON THE NATION, supported in part by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art Building Bridges program, and the Ford Foundation.