The Role of the Arts in Hurricane Resilience
- / Charlotte Rogers
- Climate Resilience
In an age of rising global sea levels and temperatures, resilience to hurricanes is a central concern for coastal communities, from the Eastern Shore of Virginia to the islands of the Caribbean. The arts offer important forms of creative resistance in post-hurricane societies: first, they provide a manner of coping with storm-related trauma, both for the creators and for those who experience the works. Second, art creates a sense of community by raising awareness about shared experiences, particularly in isolated areas. Third, art consoles, gives pleasure, and offers an escape from disaster.
The project brings together musicians from Puerto Rico and the coastal southern United States. These two areas were particularly affected by hurricanes in 2017 and 2018. Much can be learned about human responses to coastal inundation and alteration by listening to them in contrapuntal fashion. It will also help us contemplate our own coastal futures and the role of the arts in climate change adaptation processes.