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September 11th: Children Honor Parents with Art

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Every American probably remembers where they were 6 years ago on September 11th when they heard about the terrorist attacks on the twin towers of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a commercial airliner. Thousands of husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters were lost that day, and the loved ones they left behind have found many ways to honor the ones they lost. KSMU's Greg Leuthen went on a tour of Drury University's Pool Art Center where art work of children who lost their parents in the September 11th attacks is on display.

On September 11th, 2001, Americans went numb as they watched the tragedy unfold before their eyes. Now 6 years later, children who lost parents in the tragedy have used art as a way to honor and remember them.

Rebecca Miller, a professor of art and art history at Drury University, says that artist, Traci Molloy, worked with these children at "America's Kids," which is a camp for children who lost a parent in the 9/11 attacks. Miller explains how Molloy helped the kids, and describes some of the drawings on display.

Most of the 2nd through 10th graders used bright colors for their drawings. Some are very simple, with just a word like mom, dad, or hero, with a colorful background. Others have phrases about love and healing, while other children drew themselves with their parents. Miller says that many of the kids have different ways of healing, and the camp allows them to get away from New York and be themselves.

The artist who worked with the children, Traci Molloy, has some of her work on display at Drury too, including a related piece that shows airplanes circling the World Trade Centers. Rebecca Miller says that this is the first time Molloy and the children have had artwork on display together, and it may be the last.

The display, titled "What if?" is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm from now through October 2nd at the Pool Art Center located on the east side of Drury's campus.