Photo credit: 9/11 Memorial staff
Accession Number: C.2006.3.229
Dimensions: 3 in X 4 in
Dimensions (Metric): 7.62 cm X 10.16 cm
Credit Line: A gift from the American Red Cross
Child's drawing depicting a multicolored heart. On the back is a black circle with arms and legs and a face. Next to the face is written "Smile."
In times of emotional unrest, children often express themselves through art. Taped to firehouse and police station windows, tacked inside respite centers and ornamenting fences at the World Trade Center site, drawings and paintings created by this generation of youthful witnesses became a familiar sight throughout New York City in the aftermath of 9/11. The works created by children in art therapy programs and in school classrooms reflect diverse themes, including violence, patriotism, courage, fear, prejudice, sadness, compassion, and hope. Many cards and letters expressed gratitude to first responders and condolence to family members.
Collected from children around the world, these artistic expressions capture the significance of the 9/11 attacks as seen through the eyes of the event's youngest witnesses.