Championing the Arts in Addressing Community Trauma

Saturday, June 16, 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

In the aftermath of community tragedy—whether natural or manmade—there is a tremendous amount of trauma. How can the arts rise to meet that trauma and heal? This discussion session explores how personal artistic practice, public art, and collaborative conversations around trauma, memory, and history can begin the process of healing a community's spirit after destruction.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Hear examples of personal artistic practice merged with community needs, drawing on the materials, the place, and the memories of the trauma to manage it.
  2. Learn how art can unite a shocked community together to create goals, define a vision, fundraise, as an inclusive community building experience.
  3. Discuss the importance of being sensitive to cultural differences, heightened emotions, and the many different ways that people process grief, pain, and trauma.


This session is part of the Culture and Community sessions.