In|Common

Katrina, After the Storm  Civic Engagement Through Arts, Humanities and Technology

Hurricane Katrina was a devastating natural disaster, but it also acted as a magnifying glass, revealing to us the tears in the social fabric that should unite us all. Held September 27 30, 2006 at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois - Urbana/Champaign, Katrina: After the Storm Civic Engagement Through Arts, Humanities and Technology addressed the critical issues raised by the storm and its aftermath issues of social justice and equity, broken connections and the need for community healing. While Katrina brought these issues into sharp focus in New Orleans, these are issues that every community must face in order to be united and strong. The Katrina summit was inspired in part by the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Quilt, created January 2006. Entitled "A Single Garment of Destiny Our Common Threads" the quilt reminds us that our community is a patchwork of people stitched together by our common cause.