About Walter Reed Dreams
Walter Reed Dreams is part of a city-wide initiative called “Crossing the Street,” which promotes community-building through creative placemaking in neighborhoods that are experiencing rapid demographic and social change.
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. Here we are again, a century later facing another changed space with an innovative future. In the 100-year history of the hospital, we can imagine that there were countless memories and characters: moments of reflection and interaction, thoughts about mortality, duty, and faith, nearby residents who grew to love this anchor in their community. In the end, those who came before us have no way of knowing if we’ll remember them—their stories, their passions, the intricacies of their lives. It’s an act of faith that we must honor.
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 called Walter Reed Dreams Block Party on April 29, 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 all of the District to experience the strength of Walter Reed’s legacy through the community’s collective input, as it is translated by Ward 4 artists, musicians, and creatives. In the coming months the community will be invited to marvel at the spectacle of the site’s history, their neighbor’s stories, and the coming transformation of Walter Reed.
Walter Reed Dreams is presented by CulturalDC with project development by Ariana Austin / French Thomas Creative.