CVPA Garden of Peace Dedicated

Posted: September 19, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

On Monday, faculty, staff, and students of George Mason gathered in the space between the Performing Arts Building and the Concert Hall to dedicate the area as the “Garden of Peace.” An artistic response to the tragedies of Sept. 11, filling the volume between the two buildings as a permanent expression will be an ongoing process. Possible additions to the space include a garden, sculpture by Art and Visual Technology Division faculty of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA), and mural work.

Two students hug at the Garden of Peace dedication. Those who attended joined together to sing “America the Beautiful” and share conversation on the life-changing events of the past week.

Monday’s program included remarks by CVPA dean William Reeder, readings by associate dean Rick Davis and theater faculty member Ed Gero, and a choral selection performed by a student group led by Stan Engebretson. One of the most moving moments came at the presentation of a powerful painting by professor Chawky Frenn, who completed the work–a fallen person wrapped in an American flag–within the last 72 hours as a response to his feelings for his adopted country.

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