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Reflection Session: Alert! with Andrea Assaf

Date(s) - 02/09/2021
7:00 pm

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Reflection Session: Alert! with Andrea Assaf

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Reflection Sessions are live, interactive, online events led by Arab American theatre artist and AANM artist-in-residence Andrea Assaf, on the second Tuesday of each month this year, leading up to the 20th anniversary of 9/11. Each session is grounded in a performance excerpt from Eleven Reflections on September*, with special guest artists who share their work, and engage in a “back stage” conversation about the themes of the month.

This February session will feature the poem Alert! by Andrea Assaf, and explore themes of surveillance, Islamophobia and drone technology in the post-9/11 era; with special guests including Somali American poet and community organizer, Nimo H. Farah.

For questions, e-mail Kathryn Grabowski, Curator of Public Programs at

*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, this project will be re-created 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.

Reflection Sessions are commissioned and co-presented by the Carver Community Cultural Center, as part of a multi-year residency in conjunction with Eleven Reflections: San Antonio, a component of the multi-site Art2Action project, Eleven Reflections on the Nation, supported in part by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art (DDFIA) Building Bridges program.

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