Massport's CEO and Executive Director Craig P. Coy unveiled the "Healing the World" Children's Art Exhibition in Terminal B at Logan International Airport, Tuesday, June 11, and presented awards of excellence to 50 students from Chelsea, East Boston, South Boston and Winthrop schools, whose works were selected for display.
Coy thanked the principals, art teachers, students and families of the public and parochial schools who accepted Massport's invitation to participate in the 'Healing the World' Children's Art Exhibition and submitted artworks expressing their ideas on peace, patriotism and heroism in the aftermath of the September 11 tragedy. Some 400 artworks were submitted.
Coy said September 11 was a "terrible day for this country---and for all of us" but added the resulting heroism, self-sacrifice and spirit of patriotism continue to inspire, amaze and unite us.
"Thanks to your efforts these expressions of hope and peace will inspire our passengers and the thousands of people who work at Logan everyday," Coy told students.
The idea for a children's art exhibition originated at Miami International Airport last November to offer travelers an uplifting sense of comfort and unity through the eyes of the nation's children. Students in Los Angeles and Oakland contributed to the Miami exhibition.
The exhibit proved so popular with airline passengers, it began a national tour of airports. Baltimore-Washington was its second stop before American Airlines transported the artworks to Logan for exhibition.
"The hope reflected in these drawings strengthened our resolve to move forward toward recovery," added Coy. "Massport is delighted to showcase the works of these children."
At each city, school children are invited to contribute artworks for the exhibit. A few of those works are included in the traveling exhibition. In Boston, 11 artworks from students in grades 2 through 9, will accompany the exhibition when it departs at the end of August for O'Hare Airport in Chicago and then Phoenix International Airport.
The schools participating in the "Healing the World" Children's Art Exhibition are: The Chelsea Early Learning Center; the Samuel Adams School, Dante Alighieri School, Manassah E. Bradley School, Patrick Kennedy School, H.R. O'Donnell School, Domenic Savio Preparatory School and Umana/Barnes School in East Boston; Gate of Heaven School, Oliver Perry School, and St. Augustine's School in South Boston; and the Winthrop Middle School.