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AN EXHIBITION & FESTIVAL OF EVENTS PRESENTED IN COLLABORATION WITH:
 
THE MUSEUM OF DREAMS
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THURSDAY & FRIDAY 2pm—7pm

SATURDAY & SUNDAY 12pm—5pm

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APRIL 30 — JUNE 27, 2021

STAY ALIVE TO LIFE!

What is the story we tell ourselves about a pandemic? DC is opening back up and there is hope in the air, while we have yet to come to grips with the manifold inequities laid bare in this most recent world crisis. 

The 225 ink drawings by Piotr Szyhalski, titled COVID-19: Labor Camp Report, chronicle the accumulation of pandemic time in the US between March and November 2020. Ines Doujak and John Barker connect the dots between the pandemic present and the history of diseases in Transmission: A series of five podcasts on Disease and Pandemics in a Distorted World (2021), highlighting the dehumanizing effects of nationalist bio-politics and a globalized economy on migrants, minorities and the poor. These artists speak truth to power.

The artworks in Stay Alive to Life! allow us to look on ourselves in the mirror of time. They give us space to take a step back and reflect on the events of this past year in a different way than consuming the news through mainstream media or reading a book of history. It is different from participating in a political protest. And it is different from taking care of a loved one who is ill. Yet, it might enable us to see that, though the ground is shifting, resilience is a common human trait. We can support each other. We can come together in solidarity. We can even gather to celebrate life!

Stay Alive to Life! is an exhibition and festival, that address COVID-19 policies effects and affects and encourage dialogue and activism around social, cultural and LGBTQ concerns arising from the global pandemic in and around Washington, DC. 

 

The festival delivers a free and live program of events ranging from concerts and performances, lectures and workshops, to conversations and wellness activities. The purpose of this festival is to deliver opportunities for the community to congregate with each other safely and find connection. 

 

Fernando Santangelo and Markus Winter support the exhibition with special furniture.

 

Our partners are: Kadist, the Museum of Dreams, DC Jazz Festival, Goethe Institute and Austrian Cultural Forum.

The Corner at Whitman-Walker presents Stay Alive to Life! in full compliance with the Mayor’s health and safety guidelines.

STAY ALIVE TO LIFE!

RESILIENCE IN TIMES OF COVID

APRIL 30 — JUNE 27

Thursday & Friday 2—7pm

Saturday & Sunday 12pm—5pm

Entry free, donations welcome

INSTALLATION & OPENING NIGHT

A SERIES OF FIVE PODCASTS ON DISEASE AND PANDEMICS IN A DISTORTED WORLD 
Written and produced by Ines Doujak and John Barker
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A SERIES OF 225 POSTERS, HAND DRAWN BY PIOTR SZYHALSKI DAILY FROM MARCH 24 — NOVEMBER 24, 2020
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EXHIBITION & FESTIVAL

SCHEDULE

APRIL 30 — JUNE 27

Thursday & Friday 2—7pm

Saturday & Sunday 12pm—5pm

All events comply with the Mayor’s guidelines on health & safety. All events are free. Some events require prior registration.

APRIL/MAY

EVENTS

FRIDAY, APRIL 30
3–8PM
EXHIBITION OPENING
With host Rayceen Pendarvis
 
SATURDAY, MAY 1
3PM
CONVERSATION
On COVID-19: LABOR CAMP Report. Piotr Szyhalski w/Joseph del Pesco,
Ruth Noack & Sharon Sliwinski
 
SUNDAY, May 2
3PM
LECTURE
What to do with Dreams?
By Sharon Sliwinski
 
WEDNESDAY, MAY 5
8:30 & 9:30pm
PERFORMANCE
Kept Under Glass:
Unheard Women’s Voices
 
THURSDAY, MAY 6
8:30 & 9:30pm
PERFORMANCE
Kept Under Glass:
Unheard Women’s Voices
 
FRIDAY, MAY 7
3PM
SCREENING
Filming from Elsewhere
 
SATURDAY, MAY 8
3PM
WELLNESS 
Keep It 100.
With Get Home Safe
SUNDAY, MAY 9
3PM
ACTIVITY
The Look of Survival.
Photo session with
Dwayne Lawson-Brown
 
THURSDAY, MAY 13
5PM
JAZZ ON THE CORNER 
Chris Grasso Quartet

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Some walk-in seating available

FRIDAY, MAY 14
3PM
PANEL
On Vaccination & Equity.
With GEORGE A. JONES,
Exec. Director of Bread
for the City; JENNIFER KATES, Senior Vice President and Director of Global Health and HIV Policy at Kaiser Family Foundation; and NASEEMA SHAFI, CEO of Whitman-Walker Health 
 
SATURDAY, MAY 15
3PM
CONVERSATION
Research and Identity: Coding, Data, and Queer Experiences

Hosted by: CHRISTIAN MORRIS, Community Engagement Specialist; ELEANOR SARKODIE, Research Data Coordinator

BENJAMIN BROOKS, Assistant Director of Policy

 
SUNDAY, MAY 16
3PM
WORKSHOP
Collecting Dreams. 
With Sharon Silwinski 
THURSDAY, MAY 20
3PM
JAZZ ON THE CORNER 
Steve Washington & Friends

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Some walk-in seating available

 
FRIDAY, MAY 21
3PM
READING & INSTALLATION
Utopia Now!
With Hermetic State
 
SATURDAY, MAY 22
3PM
PRESENTATION
Publication Across Distance. Communities Care & Culture.
Featuring Asian American 
Feminist Collective, The HIV
Howler, Moderated by What Would an HIV Doula Do?
SUNDAY, MAY 23
3PM
ACTIVITY
An Afternoon for Kids with Mandy the Clown: What was the funniest thing that happened during COVID? 
SUNDAY, MAY 23
5PM
PRESENTATION
Tonya Leslie’s Children’s Books On Kamala Harris, John Lewis, Barack Obama. With Tonya Leslie
 
THURSDAY, MAY 27
5PM
JAZZ ON THE CORNER 
Joshua Espinoza Trio

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Some walk-in seating available

 
FRIDAY, MAY 28
5PM
WELLNESS 
Healing through Sound & Movement. With Chyna Te’Aira & A’jon Jones
SATURDAY, MAY 29
3PM
WELLNESS 
Pour your Heart Out. 
With Mo Butler

JUNE

EVENTS

THURSDAY, JUNE 3
3PM
JAZZ ON THE CORNER 
Simone Baron Quartet

Register here

Some walk-in seating available

FRIDAY, JUNE 4
3PM
CONVERSATION
Immigration lawyer Ava Benach
with Amy Nelson on Topics From Trans Rights To Detention Centers.
SATURDAY, JUNE 5
3PM
CONVERSATION
Political Ink. With Lucas Michael, Aeron Bergman, Alejandra Salinas & Piotr Szyhalski
 
SUNDAY, JUNE 6
3PM
PERFORMANCE & WORKSHOP
Love Me Tender.
By & with Cas Public
To attend, register here: TheCorner@whitman-walker.org
THURSDAY, JUNE 10
5PM
JAZZ ON THE CORNER
Landon Paddock Group

Register here

Some walk-in seating available

 
FRIDAY, June 11
3PM
LECTURE
Assessing Risk, On Strategies
for Health, Safety & Welfare
within Art Practices. 
By Isabelle Sully
 
SATURDAY, June 12
3PM
PERFORMANCE
Game-world Reading.
By Gayatri Kodikal
 
SUNDAY, June 13
3PM
CONVERSATION
On Disease and Pandemics In A Distorted World. With Ines Doujak & John Barker
 
THURSDAY, JUNE 17
5PM
JAZZ ON THE CORNER 
C. Corey Bey Black Folks Don’t Swim?

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Some walk-in seating available

 
SUNDAY, JUNE 20
3PM
CONVERSATION & SCREENING
Our More Hopeful Tomorrow: Resilience, Singing, & Wellness As We Exit the COVID-19 Pandemic. With Dr. Eugene Rogers & Washington Chorus
 
THURSDAY, JUNE 24
5PM
JAZZ ON THE CORNER 
J Chris Quartet

Register here

Some walk-in seating available

 
FRIDAY, JUNE 25
3PM
WELLNESS
Reiki. With Markus Winter
 
SATURDAY, JUNE 26
3PM
CONVERSATION
Art & Health. Veronica Esposito with Dwayne Lawson-Brown, Benjamin Brooks & Ruth Noack
 
SUNDAY, JUNE 27
3 & 6PM
PERFORMANCE
Daniel Gortler in Concert
(Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy)
All events comply with the Mayor’s guidelines on health & safety.
All events are free.
 
Some events require prior registration.
For updates & details, please consult this page and follow us @thecornerdc.

OUR THANKS GO TO...

The artists of the exhibition
 
The contributors to the festival of events & programs
Our volunteers
Our partners to exhibition and festival:
Kadist, The Museum of Dreams, DC Jazz Festival, Goethe Institute, Austrian
Cultural Forum
Special thanks to Stephen Henderson
Jewel Addy
Heather Alt
Don Blanchon
Andre Braz Pinheiro
britt
Benjamin Brooks
Mary Ellen Carroll
Emma Coleman
Court Cook
Meghan Davies
Joseph des Pesco
Nicole Doud
Becky Elmquist
Abby Fenton
Fernando Santangelo
Liz Flyntz
Hennriette Gallus
Lee Hicks
Chester Jenkins
Tracy Jenkins
Willard Jenkins
Lena Jöhnk
Jay Keller
Mac Keller
Ted Kerr
Amy Killon
Eugénie Khoury
Lena Kuhnt
Dwayne Lawson-Brown
Earl Melvin
Niqui
Zoe Noack
Rayceen Pendarvis
Wes Pyron
Emily Riehl
Athena Robles
Ricky Rosé
Eva Schöfer
Sunny Sumter
Sue Tan
Albert Ting
Simone van Saarloos
Tom Vosloh
Markus Winter