Monday, June 29, 2015

The incredible ways art is helping Charleston unite after church massacre

THE HUFFINGTON POST
By Kate Abbey-Lambertz
Jia Sung, a recent graduate of Rhode Island Institute of Design, said painting watercolors of each victim was her way of mourning.
SOUTH CAROLINA---In the week since the shootings, many other Charleston residents have expressed their emotions in powerful and creative ways, from thousands of people joining hands in a unity chain to making handmade signs honoring the victims. It was a clear choice, Enough Pie executive director Cathryn Zommer told The Huffington Post. “People use creativity to make sense of all of this. They use the arts to express these deep emotions of sorrow and pain and loss,” Zommer said. “The arts can do that. They can help us heal.” From designers and dancers in Charleston’s tight-knit creative community to musicians who live hundreds of miles away, artists have addressed the killings. Their work, below, shows how art helps us survive and strengthen amid tragedy. [link]