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Reflections: A Gift to the Community
Portsmouth, New Hampshire

On Wednesday, September 11, 2002 at 7:00 pm, a collaboration of artists from the Seacoast will come together to present Reflections: A Gift to the Community at The Music Hall, 28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth, NH. This performance and exhibit is an interdisciplinary collage of art forms, a unifying piece from the heart of the artists who have come together in support of the human experience. Proceeds will benefit NYC Public School Fund. To keep expenses at a minimum (and therefore raise the most money for the NYC Public School fund), advance tickets will be not available through the box office, but a donation of $5 will be accepted at the door. The Music Hall seats over 900 people; seating will be first come, first serve.

Conceived and coordinated by Bill Humphreys, Emmy Award-winning director, actor and producer; Genevieve Aichele, Director of NH Theatre Project, and Zhana Morris, Production Manager at The Music Hall, Reflections includes more than 40 Seacoast performers in music, dance, monologues, choral readings and audience response with material written and performed by Susan Poulin & Gordon Carlisle, Mary Lou Bagley, Karen Abrami, Bed Bug Eddy, Drika Overton, Prescott Park Arts Festival, Voices from the Heart, and others. The visual arts exhibit, coordinated by Bonnie Goldstein, will feature a wide variety of visual artists in all mediums. Those interested in submitting pieces for display can contact Bonnie at goldyab@aol.com.

The book, Messages to Ground Zero, issued by Portsmouth publisher Heinemann and designed by Portsmouth graphics firm Plainspoke - is a collection of letters, poetry and art by children in response to the tragedy of Sept. 11, as collected by Shelley Harwayne, superintendent of NYC School District #2, and the NYC Board of Education. The book is comprised of crayon drawings accompanied by poems and excerpts from children's essays about their response to the events of September 11. The last section includes children's messages of hope. All profits generated from the sale of books and donations will benefit the Public School Fund of New York City.

Reflections is not meant as a "memorial" but rather an opportunity for people to present their reactions to the events of September 11, and to the changes made on a personal and global level. The ultimate goal of this gift to the community is to bring together people who want a place to reflect on the impact the attacks had on themselves and the world. It is an opportunity to celebrate the lives of those who were lost, and the lives of those who have dealt with that loss.


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