UMass Dartmouth joins AHA! Night (SEPT. 20) "A Thousand Paper Prayers

September 15, 2001

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth art faculty and students invite the public to join them in the creation of a three week public memorial to the victims of the tragic attacks on September 11. 

The College of Visual and Performing Arts and the University Art Gallery in the Star Store Campus, 715 Purchase Street, will join the other AHA! Night activities on Thursday, September 20, from 5 -9 p.m.. 

Participants will be able to write private prayers enclosed in rice paper envelopes that will then be hung on strings throughout the building's atrium. Although this installation is public, each individual’s expression will remain respectfully private, contained within a folded and stitched, envelope-like form. All the materials necessary to create a paper prayer will be available. The use of pre-cut rice paper will represent the community's unity in this display. Small natural elements, such as leaves and sticks, will be available and can be attached once the paper is folded. 

The prayers will be on view for three weeks, and during this time the Star Store building will remain open daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. for anyone who would like to view the display. Anyone who is unable to attend Thursday night’s activities is also welcome to come during this time and write a prayer. 

This program is sponsored by the College of Visual and Performing Art, the UMass Student Senate, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. 

For additional information, please call 508.999.8904

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