Dr. Laura Beer was recognized by her peers with the 2015 Professional Practice Award from the Western Region American Association of Music Therapy.
CNN iReport featured The Iraq Names Project by Nancy Hiss, interior design program director, as part of assignment: The war through your eyes: Iraq 10 years on. Producer Sarah Brown heard about Nancy's project and asked her to submit her story.
Excerpt from CNN iReport, February 13, 2013
Between 2005 and 2012, Portland based artist Nancy Hiss undertook a remarkable art project — writing the names of coalition forces killed in Iraq on the city's streets in a bid to share their sacrifices and channel frustration about the war.
Her husband, Dan Berkman, said the project sparked remarkable responses from passersby. "People stopped and talked about loved ones who were fighting or had died," he said. "People would ask: 'Did you write my brother's name?' They always knew the date." Sometimes mourning families, he said, could even take part in the project. "Nancy could check her list and let them know that she had written their name, or when she was going to write it, so they could join and help," he said.
The legacy of the project, he said, was for it to raise awareness about the war and its cost. "It was effective in a small way, people would stop and meditate on the lost lives," he said.