Public Programs & Outreach

Exploring Metaphor: A Reflective Writing Workshop with Mary Hall Surface

Sunday, October 4, 2020 | 4:00pm

Discover how visual art and reflective writing can help us discern spiritual wisdom and navigate the complexities of our present moment.  Inspired by an evocative contemporary painting, participants will explore how metaphors– both visual and verbal– can help us process our present and move toward the future.  In this 90-minute interactive workshop, we will embrace slow looking, writing, and discussion to spark self-awareness, compassionate understanding, and rich connection. Very beginning to seasoned writers will find new tools for considering and capturing this time of challenge and change. A Zoom link and password along with any relevant materials for the program will be sent to you before the program.

Mary Hall Surface is a playwright, director and teaching artist who presents writing workshops through the Smithsonian Associates, the National Gallery of Art and museums nationwide.  She is the founding instructor of the NGA’s popular Writing Salon, as featured in The Washington Post. A nine-time Helen Hayes Award nominee, including four for the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play, she received the 2002 Outstanding Director of a Musical for her Perseus Bayou. Her plays have been produced across the US, Europe, Japan, Taiwan and Canada, including eighteen Kennedy Center productions. She leads workshops for educators as a National Teaching Artist for the Kennedy Center and was a six-summer faculty member of Harvard’s Project Zero Classroom.  She is the proud founding artistic director of the Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival, where she curated over 600 all-arts performances and events from 2009–2015.

Advanced registration is required; registration closes at noon EDT on October 4.  

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  • Dates Offered
    • October 4, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm