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Importance of Art After Disaster
posted: Thursday, September 15, 2011  Post Comment

Disaster is unavoidable. Recently we've been reminded of this over and over again. Hurricane Irene, Hurricane Lee, remembering September 11; these are all examples of events we see and hear about in the news every day. It's hard to think anything positive can come from events like these, but that is what makes the a oorts so important during the aftermath.

Here in Eastern Iowa we experienced the flood of 2008, which we are still recovering from. While the flood was painful for arts organizations in Eastern Iowa it also produced some wonderful art. On the University of Iowa Libraries' website there is a fantastic resource for oral stories about the effects of the flood. This is part of a larger project called StoryCorps, a program that takes oral stories from people who were involved in disasters. Their website includes recordings about extreme disasters such as 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, as well as personal stories about love and loss.

In remembrance of 9/11 Life Magazine created a gallery of the 25 most powerful photographs from that day. When these photographs were first released they were meant to relay news to the concerned public. Ten years later, they serve as not only history but also part of the series of art pieces dedicated to 9/11.

Art helps us understand the world around us, and when the world we know has been shaken beyond belief it makes sense for us to turn to a variety of art forms to explain what is really happening. By hearing or seeing the way others feel about a disaster we can validate our own feelings and feel united. Art is an important part of the grieving process after disaster and an important, if not the most important, aspect of relaying these stories to future generations.

--Ash Bruxvoort, ICCA Marketing and Communications Intern

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