Summer With The Arts

The Military Women’s Memorial in collaboration with UnitingUS, Community Building Art Works and Armed Services Arts Partnership, offers summer-long creative programming for the military-affiliated community.

Through an art show and event series, we will engage our community in a space intentionally curated for gathering, conversation, and celebration. 

Experience Summer With The Arts

Visit the Art Show

In partnership with UnitingUS, we are proud to present an Art Show from artists in the military community that represent the healing power of the arts. This show celebrates service through a diverse representation of experiences and storytelling. 

Explore the "Summer With The Arts" Virtual Exhibit

Coming Soon

The Summer With The Arts art display can be explored virtually! Visit the virtual exhibit to view the artwork and learn about some of the many veteran and veteran-dependent artists being featured.

Learn about the Curator

UnitingUS and the Military Women’s Memorial are honored to have renowned artist and scholar Annette Polan guest curate the Art Show.

Programming and Events

Join us for a summer of programming related to the arts. From performance and healing arts to storytelling and poety, we’ve got you covered this summer. View our calendar to register for both in-person and virtual events related to Summer With The Arts.

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Visit the Art Show

The Military Women’s Memorial is the leading memorial and education center honoring women’s contributions to the service of our nation.   

In partnership with UnitingUs, the Summer With The Arts exhibition was created with the intention of bringing together communities and families when our Country needs healing and unity most. Plan a visit to the historic Arlington National Cemetery and cap off your trip with a memorable and educational experience at the Military Women’s Memorial. Our family-friendly events are perfect for children of all ages and stages and offer various enrichment opportunities from visual arts to crafting projects!

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.


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

– AnnMarie Halterman, UnitingUS Executive Director

Coming Soon: Experience the Virtual Exhibition

In addition to the physical exhibit, you can learn more about the veteran artists featured in the “Summer With The Arts” anywhere in the world with our virtual exhibit.

Featured Programs & Events

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Healing Arts Celebration

June 26th, 2021 | 11am-4pm

Join the Military Women’s Memorial and UnitingUS in celebrating the healing and uniting power of the arts!  A day filled with dynamic veteran artist talks, interactive live art demonstrations with veteran artists, with relaxing tours through the UnitingUS art exhibition with 180 artworks from 110 veteran and their family member artists are scheduled throughout the day.

Don’t miss the feature presentation of the day at 1pm with the Uniting US interactive panel discussion Celebrating the Spectrum of the Healing Arts.  As part of the UnitingUS Summer with the Arts exhibition, our panel includes distinguished experts spanning perspectives from arts used in medical treatment programs, Arts in Health programs, to professional artists, community arts initiatives, and individual therapeutic art practices. Our talented panel members include:


  • Annette Polan, community arts leader and curator of Summer With The Arts
  • CAPT Moira G. McGuire, Nurse Officer and Division Chief, Integrative Health & Wellness and Chief of the Arts in Health Program at Walter Reed
  • Sarah Moore, Dance/Movement Therapist and Community Arts in Health Specialist
  • Edith Disler, a UnitingUS participant and Air Force veteran artist
  • Lewis Howard, Uniting US participant and Army veteran artist
  • and the panel facilitator, AnnMarie Halterman, Uniting US Executive Director and Air Force veteran

For full schedule details, click here.

Matthew Gill Singing

More Than One Story: a collaborative performance by military women

July 10th, 2021 | 1pm

The Military Women’s Memorial, in partnership with Community Building Art Works, will unveil a unique storytelling collaborative performance by military women. In addition, participants will share their experience going through the interactive workshop to create an space for them to share their experiences. This performance aims to inspire understanding, dialog and connection with participants, audience members and community leaders.

Over two days in May 2021, 9 military women from across the United States of America gathered virtually to weave their stories into a collaborative performance. This work is addressed to the women they came from, the women they were, the women they are becoming, and the women who will walk the trail they blazed.

Register to watch the livestream here!

Matthew Gill Singing

Celebrating Performing Arts

July 24, 2021 | 11am-4pm

The Military Women’s Memorial Summer with the Arts continues to celebrate the healing and uniting power of the arts.  UnitingUS artist talks, art demonstrations, and exhibition tours highlighting the 180 artworks from 110 veteran and their family member artists are scheduled throughout the day.  At 3pm, enjoy the phenomenally entertaining, live Variety Show performance hosted by the Armed Services Arts Partnership.

Check out the full schedule!

Celebrating Family Wellness and Honoring and Uniting Women Veterans

August 28th, 2021 | All Day


One last Summer with the Arts hurrah family celebration filled with activities designed to engage kids including arts and crafts, UnitingUS veteran author book readings, and live UnitingUS artist discussions and participatory art demonstrations.

The Summer with the Arts Exhibition ends with a very special Honoring and Uniting Women Veterans ceremony with family, friends, and special guests in attendance.   Join the Army’s All Women Band veteran professional musicians as military families and guests celebrate the healing and community building power of the arts, honor service of past and current veterans, and recognize our military family members and future leaders.  The celebration ceremony is hosted by Quilts of Honor and UnitingUS.

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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.

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