Arts for Hearts Clarksville Invites Community to Paint Memorial Tiles for 9/11 Pillars of Hope Sculpture – Clarksville Online

Clarksville, TN – The Clarksville-Montgomery County Arts and Heritage Development Board recently commissioned artist and sculptor Jim Diehr to create a permanent sculpture to display the hand-painted 9/11 memorial ceramic tiles by local citizens.

The project began in 2012, a collaboration between Volunteer Clarksville, Hands on Nashville, Arts for Hearts Clarksville, students from the Ceramics Department of Austin Peay State University (APSU) under the supervision of Professor Ken Shipley, F&M Bank, Pottery Room, Horsefeathers Studio, and with support from the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Arts and Heritage Development Council.

The project aimed to help people of all ages express their reactions to the 9/11 tragedy and give voice to the future through art. Since 2012, residents have painted over 1,500 tiles.

“Each tile represents a citizen paying tribute to those who serve, and we hope visitors will find comfort in each memorial tile placed on the pillars,” said Rita Arancibia, co-founder of Arts for Hearts.

Each September since 2014, the pillars have been displayed at the Clarksville Montgomery County Library as a moving exhibit. The installation of the permanent sculpture will mark an important step for the project and the beginning of a new story.

Memorial tiles
Memorial tiles

The 9/11 Pillars of Hope project was originally part of the Serve to Remember Days of Service initiative established in 2011 to inspire the community to engage in charitable service on 9/11 as an annual tribute and looking ahead to the victims of 9/11. , the survivors and those who rose up in service in response to the attacks.

Each year, from September 1-11, 2011 through September 1-11, 2014, Volunteer Clarksville organized hundreds of volunteers who shared their time, treasures, and talents to help local nonprofit organizations throughout the community. Hundreds of memorial tiles were painted by local citizens during 9/11 Days of Service.

The community is invited to paint a tile. Painting events will be held July 30 and August 13 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Clarksville Habitat for Humanity Restore located at 408 Madison Street, Clarksville.

Registration required. Must be 16 years old.

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