The Kennedy Center’s REACH campus hosts a free outdoor art installation, UNITY | PEACE | FORWARD, through February 28, 2021.
Visitors exploring the campus will encounter three installations:
The UNITY installation at the Reflecting Pool by the River Pavilion features art from five VSA Emerging Young Artists: Naima Cerulean Kazemi, Yasmine Iskander, Oaklee Thiele, Malcolm Corley, and AJ Kiel, and amplifies and empowers the voices and perspectives of artists with disabilities on the cusp of their professional careers.
The PEACE flag displayed on the hillside of the REACH Gardens is a collage of 270 smaller flags of all the U.S. states and territories, as well as flags from all the world countries with which the U.S. maintains diplomatic relations. These flags remind us that the Kennedy Center embraces all cultures, reaching and connecting with artists, inspiring and educating communities.
The Kennedy Center reached out to artists and writers from around the world and asked them to respond to the following prompt: “The world events of 2020 have taken a global toll on our personal lives and all of humanity. As we move forward in 2021, what inspires and motivates you as an artist?” Responses from across the U.S. and 22 countries are featured on the REACH Video Wall to compliment the FORWARD installation, which will be projected on the REACH Video Wall each Friday and Saturday evening from 4:30–8:30 p.m. during the exhibit and can be viewed online anytime.