Celebrating FAmily Wellness and Honoring and Uniting Veterans

August 28, 2021 | 10am – 4pm

Summer With The Arts

Come celebrate the Military Women’s Memorial and UnitingUS Summer with the Arts exhibition and art festival events on August 28, 2021.  In addition to the 180 artworks created by UnitingUS artists and curated by Annette Polan, art demonstrations, discussions, and hands-on art activities are scheduled throughout the day! This family friendly event has activities for all generations and is free to the public.

Quilts of Honor andUnitingUS invite you to join the Honoring and Uniting Women Veterans ceremony which includes more than 70 women veterans and military who served from 1941 to current day.  The ceremony starts at 10am and honors women from across the United States.  The ceremony will conclude with the recognition of approximately 3 million women who have voluntarily served for the United States.  

Schedule of Events


10am – Noon: Honoring and Uniting Women Veterans Ceremony- Honoree Gratitude and Women Veteran Service Recognition presentation in the Memorial Theater. Overflow seating available in exhibit galleries.

Noon – 4:30pm: UnitingUS Artist Demonstrations throughout the exhibit gallery

12:30pm: ARTISTtalk with Christina Helferich-Polosky (painter) on the entrance stage

1:30pm: WRITERtalk with Lisa Firmin and Maggs Vibbo (poetry) on the entrance stage

2pm – 4pm: Kids Activity Area Open in the Register area

2:30pm: Veteran Program with Elizabeth Kristen of Legal Aid at Work at the entrance stage

3:30pm: ARTISTtalk with Ted Berkowitz (painter) at the entrance stage

4:30pm: Drill Demonstration with JROTC Drill in the exhibit gallery

Honoring & Uniting Women Veterans Ceremony

10am – Noon

Memorial Theater

Join Uniting US and Quilts of Honor for the Honoree Gratitude and Women Veteran Service Recognition presentation in the Memorial Theater. Overflow seating available in exhibit galleries.



JROTC Honor Guard

National Anthem


Honoring Ceremony

Recognition Presentation


Watch LIVE online!

UnitingUS Featured Artists On-Site

Kimberly Johnson

MI, Painter

Cyrus Quadland

NY, Author

Edith Disler

TX, Blacksmith/Jewlery

Jara Lang

TX, Color Pencils

Ted Berkowitz

NY, Painter

Christina Helferich-Polosky

PA, Painter

Tan Armentrout

VA, Painter

AnnMarie Halterman

VA, Wood & Metal Works

April Goodwin-Gill

MD, Painter/Jewelry Maker

Cynthia Scott

MD, Painter

Mark Carson

VA, Woodworking

Matthew Gill

MD, Vocal Performance

Penny Lee

NY, Painter/Multi-Media

Tiffany Wheeler

VA, Glass/Tile/Multi-Media

About the curator

This exhibition is curated by renowned artist and scholar, Annette Polan, Professor Emeritus from the Corcoran College of Art and Design at George Washington University. Polan created the Faces of the Fallen exhibition, previously on display at the Military Women’s Memorial and the Pentagon, which featured portraits of servicemen and women who died while serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. She is a participant in the U.S. Department of State’s Art in Embassy Program.


Classroom desks

“The range of artworks created by Uniting US Artists for the Summer with the arts exhibition is breathtaking”

– AnnMarie Halterman, UnitingUS Executive Director

Thank you to our partners

The Summer With The Arts has been coordinated in partnership with these impactful organizations.

Armed Services Arts Partnerships

This series was made possible with the generous support of our presenting sponsor, Optum Serve. Learn more about how you too can support our mission here.

OptumServe Logo

We’re happy to help!

Fill in the form below and a member of our team will reach out to you as soon as posslble.