On January 2017, in collaboration with the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore, CBAW staged its first event, a multi-media collaborative performance directed by actor Jeffrey Wright. Veterans told their stories through poetry, song and story to an audience of more than 400 people. The performance included music by Rob Plaggman, Wytold, Pattmore Lewis and Be Steadwell, a performance by contemporary dancer Tiffanie Carson, projections by filmmaker Sareen Hairabedian and a screening of films made by refugee youth involved in the Me/We Syria project by Mohsin Mohi-ud-din.