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Day of Dialogue, Democracy, and Dance

Save the Date -- Saturday, April 27, 2019 -- a full day of engagement 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.

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

Online registration is available until: 4/27/2019
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Mark your calendar! -- 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.

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


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.

For an example of how a similar project has helped a combat veteran in North Carolina, watch this recent clip from WRAL.
Listen to this interview from WUNC's The State of Things with a key collaborator in this event.


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 Michelle Pearson, Rebekah Hughey, James Mills, and Anita Brown-Graham 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.


Outline for the Day of Dialogue, Democracy, and Dance

11am-5pm  -- approx 15-30 active duty, veterans, military family members, Black Box Dance Theatre members, and Friday Fellows come together to hear, listen, and offer different stories and perspectives on the various impacts of military service.

5pm-7pm -- dinner provided to the day's working group and special guests

7pm -- public performance of the issues and stories brought forth during the day

Stay informed of updates by clicking on the register button above.  Just provide your email for future updates as they become available.  No commitment is assumed at this time.


Questions?  Call or email Hunter Corn at



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