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Beyond Katrina

Facilitating the Arts

in Disaster Relief Shelters
This book of powerful poetry and art reflects the emotions of those who were affected by the devastating hurricanes that hit the Louisiana coast in the summer of 2005.
In the summer of 2005, Arts & Healthcare, Inc. partnered with the local Red Cross and trained over 70 artists to be first responders. For almost three months, these artists, musicians, actors, dancers, poets and magicians were a constant and daily presence in three Central Louisiana hurricane shelters where over 15,000 evacuees were housed.  Using the arts as a healing force, we were able to help people put away their anger, fear and grief and come to a place of hope.  This book outlines in detail how we did it and gives dozens of creative ideas for using the arts to heal.