Community Art Calendar


Shared Stories

Walter Reed Dreams: Shared Stories featured true stories about Walter Reed from residents and former employees on the campus. This project aims to collect stories that will be used in multiple public art projects that will occur as part of Walter Reed Dreams Block Party.

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 hosted multiple events in Ward 4, all of which will lead up to a culminating community celebration at Walter Reed 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 YOU to participate by sharing your story today!

You can share your story by calling 929-266-4736 or by filling out this form. State your full name and leave us your story on the voicemail. We want to hear about your experiences. What do you hope people will remember about Walter Reed?


Walter Reed Dreams Block Party

April 29, 2017


Join Mayor Muriel Bowser, Councilmember Brandon Todd, and Ward 4 community members in the celebration of the history and future of the Walter Reed Army Medical Site.

Walter Reed Dreams Block Party is the first public celebration to be held at the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center, now known as The Parks at Walter Reed.  The event will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 2pm – 5pm, and is free and open to the public.
Four exciting artist activations will debut at the block party along with a full program of music, food, games, and children’s activities to celebrate the spirit of the neighborhood and its future possibilities. Walter Reed Dreams is part of a citywide initiative called “Crossing the Street” which promotes community-building through creative placemaking in neighborhoods that are experiencing rapid change. The project is funded by the District of Columbia Office of Planning and the Kresge Foundation. The event is co-sponsored by Urban Atlantic, Hines, and Triden—the redevelopment team leading The Parks at Walter Reed.

Voices of Ward 4

Artist: Joshua Cogan

Walter Reed has been a place of healing, a refuge for those that have served this country and their families. It has also been an important part of Ward 4, both as a place of employment and a historic part of the community. For this project, Cogan has collected stories from neighborhood residents who have lived and worked in and around Walter Reed to help tell the collective story of its impact on the local community. The final film will be projected during the Walter Reed Dreams Block Party.

Walter Reed Dreams

Shepherd Park Elementary - February 2017 | Takoma Aquatic Center - March 2017 | Emery Heights Community Center - April 2017 | Walter Reed Dreams Block Party - April 29, 2017

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.


To Count So High

Artist: Tommy Bobo

To Count So High is a year-long light installation to honor each of the nearly two million Purple Heart recipients over the last century. The lights directly outside of the main gate to Walter Reed will be transformed through a site specific algorithm to gently blink a soft purple light 1.9 million times over the course of a year, with each light signaling the sacrifice a US Armed Service member has made to our country.

This project will begin on April 5, 2017, the centennial anniversary of the Purple Heart Award which was begun the day before the US entry to World War I.

Collected Memories

Artists: Deirdre Darden & Aliana Grace Bailey

Building upon the use of ribbons as a symbol of honor and support throughout the branches of the Military, curator Deirdre Darden and multi-media artist Aliana Grace Bailey, collaborated to collect and document the reflections and memories of local staffers, veterans, and neighbors who hold special connections with Walter Reed. Their words were then screen-printed onto handmade ribbons that will flank the main gate. These ribbons will serve as an emblem of WRAMC's past and the community's hope for its future.

Attendees of the Walter Reed Dreams Community Block Party are encouraged to explore the installation, as well as contribute their own reflections, as facilitated by Deirdre and Aliana.