An art therapy school program in New York is having an upcoming exhibit entitled 9/11 Arts: A Decade Later.
Over the years, the New York University Art Therapy Program helped many adults and children coping with the 9/11 tragedy. Dr. Ikuko Acosta, the director of the NYU Art Therapy Program, says that a lot of the more recent art therapy artwork that’s been created, although still stemming from grief, is also reflecting new emotions and issues resulting from the anniversary of September 11.
Acosta recalls a particular firefighter from 9/11:
“He picked up a charcoal and then initially he was playing around with the materials and then a few weeks later he began to kind of draw the Twin Towers, sort of bent in half and it just sort of opened up in this way and he made a series of the Twin Towers in very expressive way,” recalls Acosta. “He was able to sort of bring out some of the things that he was experiencing inside but which he could not put words onto.”
Acosta says they are using art therapy to help benefit people that are dealing with not only psychological and emotional issues, but also physical.
They will also have a map of New York City projected onto the floor so visitors can interact with it by drawing and building.
The exhibit will open on 10th anniversary of 9/11 at 34 Stuyvesant St, 1st floor gallery. You can view the original news story here.