Capturing stories, dreams, and insights from the residents of Ward 4.
CulturalDC has joined forces with residents and businesses of Ward 4 to present "Walter Reed Dreams," a community-driven arts and culture tribute, featuring multiple activities as part of the redevelopment of the Walter Reed campus.
In 1904, Major William C. Borden envisioned a complex that would combine medical treatment, research, and education together-- the framework for the future Walter Reed Army Medical Center. It was called “Borden’s Dream” by a doubtful congressman, and the ambitious moniker remained.
Community Art Calendar
January 9, 2017
Shepherd Park Elementary School
7800 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20012
Walter Reed Dreams: Shared Stories will feature true stories about Walter Reed. Hear from Andre Carley, ANC 4B Commissioner who grew up near the campus and made Walter Reed his playground and John Pierce MD, a retired Colonel of the Medical Corps of the Army who worked on the campus and is now the Historian for the Walter Reed Society.
After hearing stories from Commissioner Carley and Dr. Pierce YOU will be invited to share your stories. We are collecting these stories to be used in multiple public art projects that will occur on the campus in Spring 2017, so hear a great story and share one of your own! Come remember, celebrate, and share “your” Walter Reed.
The stories, dreams, and insights captured from residents of Ward 4 will be highlighted by artistic experiences that will invite further community participation and moments for reflection. CulturalDC will host multiple events in Ward 4 leading up to a culminating community celebration at Walter Reed in the spring of 2017.
In celebrating Walter Reed’s past, present, and future, our first and most important job has been to listen; to residents’ stories about the way things were and to hone in on the love, wonder, and mystery the Walter Reed campus evokes as Ward 4 considers the direction of the site’s development for an intergenerational neighborhood. We invite YOU to participate by sharing your story today!
Walter Reed Dreams
An interactive display designed to allow community members to create their own artwork using colored yarn that represents what they want to see at the new Walter Reed. The design of the display is inspired by Washington Color School artist, Alma Thomas, who was a Howard University graduate and long-time Washington DC resident. Her vibrant color palette and inspirational imagery will help in showing a bright and forward-thinking vision for Walter Reed.
Tell us your stories
What do you hope people will remember? What do you look forward to? What will you miss? Fill out our survey below.
Become a volunteer
We’re currently seeking volunteers for our Walter Reed Dreams Party in the spring. Fill out a form below to get started.