As New York prepares for the sixteenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks, members of the NYPD, students, and members of the community gathered at John Jay College of Criminal Justice today for the opening of an art exhibit addressing the memory of 9/11.
Titled “Bravery & Sacrifice,” the exhibit is a collection of 23 illustrations and paintings by nine artists, depicting scenes of heroism by the NYPD on 9/11 and in the aftermath of the attacks. Currently on display in John Jay’s Memorial Hall, the exhibit will run through December 2017. It was organized and commissioned by the nonprofit art organization, the Society of Illustrators.
In previous years, the artwork has been displayed at Police Headquarters and in the lobby of the Russell Office Building of the United States Senate. The latter exhibit was organized in support of the passage and reauthorization of the Zadroga Act, the federal law providing treatment and support to first responders who have been diagnosed with 9/11-related illnesses, as well as their families.
In his remarks, Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill honored those members of the service who were killed on September 11 and emphasized the sacrifices the first responders continue to make every day.
“These paintings and illustrations have already served a critical role in upholding the legacies of our 9/11 heroes,” he said.
“For the next four months, this exhibition will show a new generation of New Yorkers what we faced, what we’ve overcome, and where we are today.”
Also present at the event were Karol Mason, President of John Jay College, and Victor Juhasz, Executive Director of the Society of Illustrators, as well as City Councilmembers Helen Rosenthal and Vanessa Gibson.