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Artists Use Creativity to Cope with Mental Anguish of Harvey

An event in Sugar Land aims to address the mental health aspects of disaster recovery using creative works like visual art, music, and dance.

Flooding in the Edgewood Trailer Park in Richmond.


One year after Harvey, much of the discussion about recovery seems to focus on the physical aspects — from restoring or raising flooded homes, to considering different methods of flood mitigation.

One thing that might tend to get overlooked, however, is the process of mental health recovery following a natural disaster.

An event this weekend aims to address that problem.

The initiative Fort Bend Recovers...with Creativity is hosting an event called The Harvey Experience on Saturday, Aug. 25, from noon to 2 p.m. at Constellation Field in Sugar Land where a variety of creative works inspired by the storm — such as visual art, music, and dance — will be on display, offering artists an opportunity to work through their mental trauma with creativity.

In the audio above, Houston Matters host Craig Cohen talks with organizer Amy Harkins and contributors Kalette Alspaugh and Jane Jewel.

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