Art Cart Returning to Memorial July 6

  • June 27, 2022
Back view of woman and child looking at the names on the Memorial

As visitors from around the globe return to New York City, we are excited to announce the return of the 9/11 Memorial Art Cart this summer. Launched in 2017, the Art Cart offers visitors with children free self-guided activities that shed light on the story of 9/11 and uncover unique design elements of the Memorial Plaza. These age-appropriate offerings also help families engage in discussions about the ongoing legacy of 9/11 and the importance of memorialization.

This year, the Art Cart will offer two different activities:

The Meaningful Adjacencies activity reveals the story behind the names that are inscribed around the perimeter of the Memorial pools. Visitors can then create a tissue paper flower to place as a tribute.

The Survivor Tree activity helps visitors understand the story of the iconic Callery pear tree that survived the attacks on 9/11 and currently stands on the plaza. After discovering the symbolism behind the tree, participants can decorate a colored leaf with messages of hope and resilience, and either leave it at the Survivor Tree or take it home to commemorate their visit.

With health and safety top-of-mind, all activities will be accessible in a contactless format using QR codes and pre-packaged activity materials.

From July 6-August 11 (excluding July 13 & 20), the Art Cart will be available Tuesday-Thursday on the plaza from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and Thursdays inside the Museum from 2-4 p.m. 

Can't make it to the Memorial in person? Explore our at-home activities

The 9/11 Memorial Art Cart is made possible in partnership with the New York Life Foundation.

By Meredith Ketchmark, Assistant Manager of Youth & Family Programs

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