Remembering Katrina

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In August 2005, the country watched in shock as Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast leaving thousands stranded, in need of shelter and support. Many found refuge in American Red Cross shelters, community centers, churches and trailer sites. Renaissance Village in Baker, Louisiana, near Baton Rouge was one of these sites, where art therapists from Loyola Marymount University traveled to provide art therapy services over the course of two years.

Ten years later, the Remembering Katrina event celebrated this work and the diligent efforts of all the art therapists and people who made it possible. Remembering Katrina included an exhibit of the artwork created by children displaced by the hurricane, a presentation of the art therapy that was provided as well as the programs and initiatives that grew out of the work. Culminating the afternoon of remembrance was a collaborative art making project that captured the response to the event as well as imagery about Hurricane Katrina, the art therapy provided and personal displacement stories.