Elizabeth Howard has never had barriers between her life, work, art and writing. Experience, sense of place and exploration define the choices she makes, seeking collaboration, flexibility, spontaneity and responsiveness in the projects she designs or becomes engaged with. She collaborates and works with authors, artists and others who are also striving to push past traditional boundaries in search of the new.
The Buzzard and the Peacock
In 1972 Lucia Dlugoszwski wrote a composition for Ned O’Gorman dedicated to The Buzzard and the Peacock (Harcourt, Brace &World, 1964). Elizabeth Howard discovered the composition when reading through Ned O’Gorman’s archives, Georgetown University. Elizabeth Howard produced and directed a performance of the Dlugoszwski composition that included a dance performed by the Erick Hawkins Dance Company and a reading of The Buzzard & the Peacock at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on Thursday, 11 January 2018. The music was under the direction of Marshall Coid. The dance was directed by Katherine Duke, artistic director, Erik Hawkins Dance Company. The poem was performed by Adeena Karasick.
Ned O’Gorman: Through a poet’s lens
Elizabeth Howard curated an exhibition that was on view from October 2017 – January 2018 in the Rare Book Room in the Joseph Mark Lauinger Library at Georgetown University. The exhibition was entitled: Ned O’Gorman: through a poet’s lens.
The archives for Ned O’Gorman, poet, educator and advocate for the oppressed, are housed in the Joseph Mark Lauinger Library at Georgetown University.
Woven Policy Briefing on Capitol Hill
In 2013 Diana Wege created WOVEN (We Oppose Violence Everywhere Now) a digital platform and global resource for individuals, organizations and communities to share their work advocating for peace. WOVEN is a resource for anyone refusing to accept violence as a norm and seeking peaceful resolutions to problems/conflicts. Elizabeth Howard works closely with Diana on the strategic planning for WOVEN.
Diana Wege and Elizabeth Howard met in New Canaan, Connecticut in 1986 and often collaborate on projects. They worked together when Diana established CrUSAde (Conflict Resolution Designed for Educators in the United States) in 1998. The year before the Columbine High School shootings in Littleton, Colorado (1999) they were advocating, through CrUSAde, for conflict resolution training in schools. After the Colombine incident Elizabeth and Diana were invited to meet with then Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman, organized a forum for school superintendents in the State of Connecticut and participated in a program on Capitol Hill in Washington designed to address the issue of school violence for students, educators and members of Congress.
Since 2013, Elizabeth has worked with Joan K. Davidson and Furthermore, the grants in publishing program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund, on the Alice, a $25,000 annual award given for the exemplary publication of an illustrated book. The books shortlisted for the Alice receive $5,000.
The Alice was created to honor Joan K. Davidson’s mother, Alice M. Kaplan, a scholar, collector, patron, and activist in the arts. The first Alice was presented at the Morgan Library in 2013. The Alice award will be announced on Friday, 9 October on the Furthermore website at 12:00 Noon. The ALICE is being presented in the Rare Book Room at the Strand Book Store on Monday, 29 October 2018.
Economic Independence and Food Insecurity in Ethiopia
Elizabeth Howard spent August 2003 researching economic independence and food insecurity in Ethiopia. She is currently researching what has changed in the fifteen years since this work was completed in fulfillment of a master’s degree at the George Washington University, Washington, DC.