Recovering the Story: How Arts Contribute to Emergency Recovery and Resilience

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How does storytelling help individuals and communities overcome disaster? The first story in a featured disaster relief series on Creative Exchange. 

 

In this article, artist and community development consultant Amelia Brown takes a look at how two artists-turned-community organizers turned to storytelling as a means to unite, heal, and educate after a disaster.

How does storytelling help individuals and communities overcome disaster? East Coast Hurricane Sandy survivors became storytellers through Sandy Storyline, a participatory documentary that collects and shares the impact of Hurricane Sandy on communities. In Chicago, Clemantine Wamariya became a storyteller and human rights advocate after she escaped from the Rwandan Genocide at the age of six. Storytelling can be a means to unite, heal, and educate after a disaster. This is the first story in the featured disaster relief series; see the second story here and the third story here

Image: Josh Van Praag 

Source: http://www.springboardexchange.org