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Day of Dialogue, Democracy, and Dance - Evening Performance and Community Discussion
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Are you concerned about the issues impacting active duty military, veterans, and their families? -- Join us on Saturday, April 27, 2019 for a community discussion and demonstration with active duty military, veterans, their families, and their local communities utilizing dialogue, storytelling, moving, being moved, and MAKING dance to foster healing and community restoration. Event is FREE

When: Saturday, April 27, 2019
Where: Arts Together
114 Saint Marys Street
Raleigh, North Carolina  27605
Contact: Hunter Corn

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Saturday, April 27, 2019

Day of Dialogue, Democracy, and Dance

-Engage in dialogue and gain a first hand understanding of complex issues facing our veteran and active duty military communities.

-Inspire action by offering your voice.  It matters who gets to be heard.  Your story matters.

-Experience a performance piece that shares the power, the beauty, and the heartbreak of the military story.


For an example of how a similar project has helped a combat veteran in North Carolina, watch this recent clip from WRAL.


What is the Day of Dialogue, Democracy, and Dance?

Noon-5pm       We want you -- active duty and veterans -- to join a small group of approx. 20-30 active duty, veterans, military family members, Black Box Dance Theatre members, and the expertise of Friday Fellows.  The group will come together to hear, listen, and offer different stories and perspectives on the various impacts of military service.  This session is designed for up to 30 active duty, veterans, and family members. 

Children eight years of age or above are welcome to participate in an age appropriate space.  If you have questions or concerns about younger children or child care issues that may prevent you from participating, please contact us.

5pm-7pm   Dinner will provided to the day's working group and special guests.

7pm            The full community is invited to a public performance of the issues and stories brought forth during the day followed by a community discussion on the information shared and action items.  This evening segment is design for up 120 members of participant's families and the general public.


Listen to this interview from WUNC's The State of Things with a key collaborator in this event.  A separate podcast is also available here.


More about the event background:

At the heart of this project is the belief that the arts have something essential to offer active duty military, veterans, and their families in addressing the challenges they are facing.  These challenges are serious and include a suicide rate above the national average with a significant increase in female suicide, more cases and consequences of Traumatic Brain Injuries or PTSD, substance abuse, depression, chronic pain, unemployment due to difficulties in transferring job skills, and homelessness.  Complex and multiple deployments and reintegrations create strain and stress on entire families.

The arts are a vehicle for telling stories of those who are too often silenced or forgotten, for giving voice to what is too painful to say in words, for healing, for understanding complex and challenging issues in a new way, for stirring empathy, and for building community. 

This event is an example of Friday Fellows collaborating across sectors to find innovative solutions that address complex issues in North Carolina today.  Friday Fellows involved in the planning of this event include Michelle Pearson, Rebekah Hughey, James Mills, and Anita Brown-Graham.  They each have various life experiences and professional expertise -- a dancer, a doctor, a financial planner, a professor.  All have worked directly with active duty military or are veterans themselves.


Register for the evening performance and conversation by clicking on the "Register/RSVP" button above. 

OR attend the full day as a veteran or active duty military member by registering on this page.


Both events are FREE!


Questions?  Call or email Hunter Corn at

This project is held by Wildacres Leadership Initiative and Black Box Dance Theatre and supported by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council.   Arts Together is also partnering as the host space.



Wildacres Leadership Initiative is connected with Wildacres Retreat, Little Switzerland, NC.