Return, Remember

This 3-part memorial project included a call for participation to create and photograph a 9/11 memorial, a panel discussion & Book Launch on September 6th and a presentation of ten interactive artist created memorial stations in Dumbo, Brooklyn called "Rethinking Memorial: Ten Interactive Sites for Remembering 9/11" on September 10th.

Call for Participation Deadline

September 30, 2011
To remember and honor the dead on the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC) invited the public to create a simple memorial at home, at work, at school or elsewhere. 

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Panel Discussion + Book Launch

Tuesday, September 6, 2011, 6-8pm
As the permanent 9/11 memorial became a reality at Ground Zero, this panel discussion, with Q and A, assessed the legacy of the spontaneous, ephemeral memorials created all over New York in the weeks after the attack. Panelists included renowned documentary photographer Martha Cooper; Steve Zeitlin, Director of City Lore, whose organization was immediately involved in helping preserve representative 9/11 memorials; Kay Turner, Folk Arts Director, Brooklyn Arts Council, who has written extensively on memorial traditions, and others. The panel was followed by a book signing for the launch of Martha Cooper?s, ?Remembering 9/11? (New York: Mark Batty Publisher, 2011), a selection of photographs highlighting Cooper's 2001 documentation of spontaneous memorials in New York City. 

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Rethinking Memorial: Ten Interactive Sites for Remembering 9/11

September 10, 11am-5pm
Ten artists, one representing every year since September 11, 2001, created interactive memorial stations at various outdoor sites around Dumbo, Brooklyn. The public wass invited to engage in simple memorial gestures, including a site for families and friends to create an ephemeral memorial. Site locations will be announced on September 1. This event wass co-presented by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC), The Dumbo Improvement District and Illegal Art with support from Two Trees Management Company. 

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For the past six years, BAC, through our Folk Arts program , has initiated an annual September 11th memorial project, including performances of poetry and original songs as well as a photo exhibition. For the 10th anniversary of the attacks and as the official memorial at ground zero finally opens, we present "Return, Remember: Ephemeral Memorials in the Legacy of September 11th." This will be BAC?s final memorial project; past projects can be viewed in the September 11 Memorial Projects Archive.