Art therapy after the storm

Two years after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, therapists are still determining the extent of the emotional aftermath of the disaster. An article in the New York Times this weekend put a spotlight on the use of art therapy for children who lived through the storm, and a gallery show of some of the work.

One thing the article points out is when kids are asked to draw what makes them feel safe, many sketch triangle-shaped houses. The therapists thought it was a fluke, but then realized that the children were focusing on what had become the safest part of their homes: the roof.

The drawings are haunting. I really hope these children find some comfort in letting out the horrors they’ve seen.

“Katrina Through the Eyes of Children” runs through October 7 at the New Orleans Museum of Art.

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