Send a Ribbon of Hope to Ground Zero Today
By Jeanine Caunt
September 01, 2011
Ribbons of Hope is an interactive, community-created art project designed to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks by inviting people of all backgrounds, religions, ages and races to tie a ribbon inscribed with a message of hope and healing for New York City.
Just a short walk from Ground Zero, 12' tall mesh panels will be installed alongside the Gardens of Remembrance in Battery Park from noon on FridaySeptember 9th until noon on Monday September 12th. All day Friday, Saturday and Sunday New Yorkers and visitors alike are welcome to bring a ribbon and tie it to the panels assisting in the creation of a multi-colored, multi-cultural, tapestry of prayers, wishes, dreams, memories, and celebrations.
If you can't make it to New York City you can submit your Ribbon of Hope message on the Groundswell Web site and we will create a ribbon for you and hang it on the tapestry. CLICK HERE to submit your virtual ribbon of hope.
On Monday morning, September 12th, prominent religious leaders of different faiths will dedicate the panels and move them to a location (to be determined) where they will remain on display. A lasting community-created prayer of hope for the future.
The panels in total can hold up to 50,000 ribbons. Individuals, families, groups and organizations can gather ribbons in neighborhood settings, in clubs and congregations and can then designate a messenger to come to lower Manhattan and affix the ribbons to the tapestry. People of all ages can participate. There is no fixed size or shape or width or length. The diversity of ribbons received is a large part of the point.
People from across the country and around the world are invited to also collect ribbons in the weeks leading up to 9/11 and send them to Intersections International, one of Prepare New York's partners. Send your ribbons to:
Be sure they arrive at Intersections by September 7th. Include your name and contact information, the name of your organization and any interesting story about making your ribbons that you’d like to share with others.