Updated: Nov 2
Today, I want to acknowledge the 2 tears in our hearts that occurred on 9/11. The first, from the 1000s of lives lost in Pennsylvania, at the Pentagon and the Trade Center towers in New York. The second being the millions of Muslim, Sikh, Desi, and other Black and Brown individuals who simply for practicing their faith or appearing to be of a particular faith group, have suffered immeasurable harm due to Islamaphobia because of the events of this day. 9/11 is a day to never be forgotten as it has left an indelible mark on all of our lives in ways we may never fully understand.
However, I want us to also remember 9/12. 9/12 is the day we as a global family truly came together. When so many functional aspects of our civilization stopped, our humanity kicked in. The greatest record of these acts of community and empathy were displayed in a musical called Come From Away.
I had the pleasure of seeing it at the Orphem in 2018 and I can honestly say, it changed my life. This true story of thousands of people who redefined dedication to community in this tiny town in Canada is the embodiment of everything I wish to be, and what I wish Omaha to be. I see it as no small coincidence that this experience happened for me through the Arts.
I see music and art as a strong pathway to connectedness. Investments in belonging and sustainability of our City must include the Arts on all levels from our Arthouses, to our Stagehands and Technicians to our Artists, Performers and Writers. Through theater I learned that every single person has a part to play in the production. Some of us are meant to be on stage and some of us are behind the scenes...yet every part is crucial from beginning to end.
Today, I will listen to Come From Away and remind myself that while 9/11 will never be forgotten, nor shall 9/12. The show must go on and we NEED ALL of you to help us be the community we know we can be. We showed up on 9/12 and every crisis thereafter... let's not just let tragedy bring us together. Let's also unify out of hope and a drive to be better than good.
Check out this article about the musical and a few of the Actors: