Unfinished Portraits Afghan War Memorial Event


Saturday, October 6, 2012 – 6:00pm – Sunday, October 7, 2012 – 12:00am

October 7th will mark the 11th Anniversary of the start of the Afghan war. On October 6th the American Friends Service Committee with other area organizations will hold a memorial event including the display from 6pm to midnight of an art installation, Unfinished Portrait, an Iraq and Afghan war memorial by Priti Gulati Cox, a Salina, KS artist and reading and spoken word performances.

Unfinished Portrait is composed of small portraits of U.S. troops killed in the Afghan and Iraq wars and will be displayed outdoors from approximately an hour before sunset to midnight. As the time passes the portraits become more and more obscured by the darkness. At the same time more and more stars come out which Cox views as representing the uncounted civilian causalities of the wars.

During the approximately six hours of the exhibit, artists from the Writers Place, The Recipe Poetry Guild, Afghan community, veterans and elsewhere will  perform “sets” of readings, spoken word, hip hop, poetry, and other performances reflecting on war,  community violence,  and hopes for peace.

Tentative schedule:

  • 6:00pm-Midnight     Unfinished Portrait art installation
  • 6:30 – 7:30pm            Reflections by Veterans
  • 7:30 – 8:30pm            Reflections by members of the KC area Afghan Community
  • 8:30 – 9:30pm            Writers Place poets and writers
  • 9:30 – 10:30pm          Recipe Poetry Guild and friends
  • 10:30 – 11:30pm        Reading / performance of excerpts of war related material prepared by the artist, Priti Cox

The event is organized by the American Friends Service Committee and cosponsored by The Writers Place, Veterans for Peace-KC Chapter, Iraq Veterans Against the War-KC, The Recipe Poetry Guild and PeaceWorks.


Mill Creek Park

4500 J.C. Nichols Parkway (North of J.C. Nichols Fountain)

Kansas City, MO

Map & Directions: Google Maps
Contact Information:

American Friends Service Committee: 816.931-5256

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