Healing Arts Celebration

June 26, 2021 | 11am – 4pm

Schedule of Events

Summer With The Arts


11am – 4pm: Artists throughout exhibit

11:45am: Artist Talk with Mark Caron (woodworking) at Center Gallery Stage

12:45pm: Artist Talk with Edith Disler (fine arts and blacksmith) on the Theater Stage

1pm: Panel discussion Celebrating the Spectrum of the Healing Arts on the Theater Stage

2pm: Book signing with Lewis Howard.

2:45pm: Author Talk/Book Reading with Lewis Howard (author) at the Center Gallery Stage

3:45pm: Artist Talk with Ryan Smithson (butterfly art and published writer) at the Center Gallery Stage

Celebrating the Spectrum of the Healing Arts


Memorial Theater

Check out the video from this panel.

Join us for an interactive panel discussion Celebrating the Spectrum of the Healing Arts. As part of the UnitingUS Summer With The Arts exibition, our panel includes distiguished 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, UnitingUS participant and Army Veteran artist
    • panel facilitator, AnnMarie Halterman, UnitingUS Executive Director and Air Force veteran

Featured Artists

Check out these artists works throughout the exhibit, and watch them work during the day.

Cynthia Scott

Watercolor painter

Air Force Veteran, Maryland

Edith Disler

Sculptor in metals, glass and jewlery

Air Force Veteran, Texas

Lewis Howard


Army Veteran, Virginia

Ryan Smithson

Butterfly artist

Army Veteran, New York

Mark Carson


Air Force Veteran, Maryland

April Goodwin-Gill

Doll & jewelry maker

Army Veteran, Maryland

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

Other Featured Programs

Matthew Gill Singing

More Than One Story: a collaborative performance by military women

July 10, 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.  Uniting US 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.

Celebrating Family & Wellness

August 28th, 2021 | 11am-4pm


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 3pm celebration ceremony is hosted by Quilts of Honor and Uniting US.

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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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