Nearly ten years after AFSC’s Eyes Wide Open exhibit initially opened in Chicago, the somber array of empty boots and shoes is still moving people to consider the human costs of the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Coast Guard Academy in New London will hold a Week of Mourning as they contemplate the events of September 11th ten years ago and all that has followed. On September 9th that will include a display of the boots of service members who have died in Iraq or Afghanistan who were from Connecticut. Also on display will be civilian shoes and posters of Iraqi civilians reminding us of the deeply human costs of war. The event will be open all day and is open to the public.
This is a Truman State University news station video about the AFSC Peace Fellows bringing AFSC's Eyes Wide Open exhibit to campus in Kirksville, Missouri. The effort is coordinated by AFSC's office in Kansas City.
AFSC's contribution to the Mission Cultural Center's Day of the Dead exhibit by Art Hazelwood and Juan Fuentes. The boots and names on the wall represent Latino Californians killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
AFSC, with artists Juan Fuentes and Art Hazelwood, is sponsoring an altar for the Mission Cultural Center's Dia de los Muertos celebration. The altar features Eyes Wide Open boots representing Latino Californians and artwork from AFSC's new traveling exhibit, Windows and Mirrors, which will open locally next year.
To help organize for the San Francisco Windows and Mirrors exhibit, contact Sandra Schwartz firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Eyes Wide Open memorial boots and shoes will be on exhibition starting at 9 a.m as a focus for reflection and remembrance. U.S. military personnel from Nevada who were killed in Afghanistan or Iraq are represented by a pair of boots with a name tag. Civilians are represented by pairs of shoes with names of a small portion of those killed. The public is invited for any or all of the activities. Events at the Goddess Temple are free (though donations are gratefully
Mary Vincent, an AFSC-Kansas City Program Committee member, participated in the Northeast Kansas City Arts Chalk Walk Festival through the sponsorship of AFSC and the KC Iraq Task Force.
She and a partner produced a “square” of chalk art depicting a pair of Eyes Wide Open combat boots with the caption “The Cost of War.” Hundreds of Festival participants were reminded of the ongoing costs of the Iraq and Afghanistan war by the image.
The Eyes Wide Open exhibit, created by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), is a living memorial to the military personnel and civilians killed in Iraq and Afghanistan-- and a stark reminder of the human cost of war. Eyes Wide Open: The Human Cost of War first opened in Chicago's Federal Plaza with just over 500 pairs of boots in January 2004. Since its last display on Memorial Day weekend 2007 with over 3,400 pairs of boots the exhibition has been divided into state displays to travel to smaller cities and towns.
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