Art & Healing: Newtown, CT

Perhaps too much has been said or written about the tragic events in Newtown, CT. It’s also been said that we may have become a culture of distraction, moving too quickly to another topic after a tragic event occurs.  We know that the process of absorbing the horrific loss of so many innocent lives; what had been encountered by Sandy Hook elementary teachers, students, parents, families, school administrators, counselors, and the first responders and citizens of Newtown, will take an enormous amount of time.

Our hearts go out to all affected as they begin the process of absorbing what has been encountered. The days, weeks and months ahead will be difficult as they cycle through their, grief, thoughts, feelings, and life which has been drastically altered in ways most can not comprehend nor imagine.

We offer our readers a few items from artists who, by their own reflections of this event, have given us something which may help us in our own processing. We are all changed by this.


(from the Huffington Post) Artist Jeremy Collins reacted
by channeling his complex emotions and desire to help into a two-color sketch conveying the massive community of friends, community members and absolute strangers willing to send their prayers and support to the victims. Collins put prints of this work up for sale to help families with funeral costs.

Vance Gilbert, a songwriter from the northeast who appears at Godfrey Daniels, wrote this song over the weekend: “26 reasons”

Elyse Bogacz, a graphic designer who lives in the Boston Area, put together an Indiegogo campaign to buy extra art supplies for the children of Sandy Hook Elementary. Here’s her reason:

These kids are going to be scared to go back to school, and a child should NEVER be afraid of the place where they are supposed to be the safest. It’s up to us as a community to reach out. It could have been OUR children, brothers, sisters, grandchildren, nephews, or nieces.

When it comes down to it, money isn’t going to help these kids. It’s HEALING that will. So let’s drum a little something up to help the school begin that process.

Let’s start a fund for an after school art program that is going to help these kids express the emotions they are feeling and really begin the recovery process. It’s not going to happen overnight, but we can absolutely make a difference.

momentforsandyhookIf you feel so inclined, join in a national moment of silence in honor of the Sandy Hook victims called for by Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy. At 9:30 a.m. EST, spend several minutes reflecting quietly on this terrible tragedy and take a five minute pause from all online activity.