Opening of New Performing Arts Center Coincides With Commemoration of The Events of September 11th
Every year, the week of September 11th is a week of commemoration. New York is filled with stories of this day — stories of loss, of bravery, of sacrifice, of reunion. But perhaps most visible, the physical World Trade Center, yes a place of reflection and commemoration, is also piece by piece becoming a place that has been rebuilt in the spirit of American persistence.
The WTC, operated by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, has announced the opening of its new performing arts center, as reported by AP. “The memorial is here for people to come and grieve and pay their respects. The museum is for people to learn, be aware and never forget,” says Khady Kamara, PAC NYC’s executive director. “And the Performing Arts Center is here for people to celebrate life and really celebrate the resilience of New Yorkers and of the country.”
The opening comes at a time when arts have struggled in the City, and could provide a meaningful jolt to the creative ingenuity that in many ways defines what makes New York great.
Other efforts to turn tragedy into action and resilience are highlighted by the work of nonprofits like 9/11 Day, which encourages folks do good deeds each year. It has become the largest day of service in the United States.