Photo credit: 9/11 Memorial staff
Accession Number: C.2006.3.256
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 stick figure embracing a smiling plant earth. "Hug the world" is handwritten at the bottom. On the back is a bunch of stars with the repeated phrase: "You're a star!"
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.