LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE -- La Canada Flintridge children joined thousands
of others in drawing squares expressing peace, hope and love for The
The Children’s Quilt is a project sponsored by A Reason To Survive, a
San Diego-based nonprofit organization. The group uses the arts to
provide positive outlets for children facing difficult circumstances.
“After Sept. 11, we felt all kids are facing emotional adversity,”
ARTS Executive Director Matt D’Arrigo said.
D’Arrigo, 30, has a background in fine arts and started his
organization about a year ago. The arts have played an important role in
helping him deal with adversity, he said.
On Saturday morning at La Canada United Methodist Church, kids used
markers to draw on 1-by-1-foot squares of fabric. The squares were sewn
together, and will be combined with the squares of other children, to
create 10-by-10-foot sections containing 100 squares. So far, about 8,000
children from 15 states have contributed, D’Arrigo said. The quilts will
be on display in New York City at the first anniversary of the Sept. 11
attacks, and in museums around the country.
The artistic expressions of peace, love and hope have evolved as time
goes on, D’Arrigo said. Earlier squares drawn in October and November
were on display at the church. They included images of planes crashing
into buildings and the two towers of the World Trade Center. One had the
following poem: “Roses are red, violets are blue, I am sad, how about
Squares drawn Saturday contained more general symbols of peace, love
and hope. Laurel Fuller, 10, drew a dove on her square.
“Everyone is hoping for peace and I drew a dove as the symbol of
peace,” she said.
Katharine Henry, 6, wrote the words to “America the Beautiful” on her
square, along with a red heart and the statement “I love America.”
Katharine’s mother, Marie Quick Henry, is responsible for bringing the
quilting project to La Canada Flintridge.
“I thought it was a good idea to give children an outlet for their
emotions,” she said.