The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation today announced that it will again host Art for Heart, a communal art program for children who lost a parent in the February 26, 1993 or September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The program offers the children an opportunity to paint their artistic expressions on canvas, and participate in an emotionally healing process. Art for Heart was conceived by Ali Millard, who lost her stepfather Neil Levin on September 11, 2001. The program is coordinated by the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan.
LMDC President Kevin M. Rampe said, “We hope that this experience will give those children who have lost a parent in these horrific attacks a chance to come together with their community in a safe and supportive environment. The Art for Heart program will give children and families a positive opportunity to personally contribute to a lasting memorial to their loved ones.”
Robert Gilson, Director of the 92nd Street Y School of the Arts, said, "Both the 92nd Street Y and our partner Jewish community centers -- the Sid Jacobson JCC in Long Island and the Metro West JCC in New Jersey - are proud to participate in Art for Heart. We have no doubt that it will be an important means of helping the youngest victims of 9/11 continue the healing process."
Ali Millard, the creator of Art for Heart, said, “I strongly believe that art can help to heal the soul. Not only will this project serve as an opportunity for the children to express and enjoy themselves, but also to come together with other children, just like them, and to confront their feelings in a safe and supportive environment."
On Thursday, September 11, 2003, community centers in Manhattan, New Jersey and Long Island will open their doors from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. to the victims’ children and families. Art professionals will supervise and assist the children as they work using acrylic paints to design one square foot of canvas. When all the squares of the canvas are finished, they will be sewn together into a large quilt-like piece. The artwork will then be made available for display at schools, art centers and museums nationwide.
Program locations listed below include the 92nd Street Y, the Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center in Long Island and the Jewish Community Center MetroWest in New Jersey. Supplies and treats will be contributed by Toys ‘R’ Us, Krispy Kreme and Cadbury Adams. Please RSVP to the event by calling 212-962-2300 ext. 280 and leave your name, number of people, and the location and time you wish to attend or Email: email@example.com and indicate the number of people, and the location and time you wish to attend.
Art for Heart’s inaugural session was held on Saturday, June 1, 2003, and had more than 115 children participate. The canvases completed during this session were displayed for the troops in the Middle East. Renderings of the canvassed artwork will be displayed at the World Trade Center site and serve as one of the visual backbones during the anniversary ceremony this Thursday.
The 92nd Street Y
Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street
New York, NY 10128
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On September 11, 2003 only:
LMDC Family Room
One Liberty Plaza, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10006
Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center
300 Forest Drive
East Hills, New York 11548
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760 Northfield Avenue
West Orange, N.J. 07052
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