On Sunday December 1st, After Yasi Finding the SmileWithin, a full colour photobook with accompanying true and practical stories about how you can regain your joy through creativity after a cyclone, was launched at the Bingil Bay cafe in the Cassowary Coast.
It was partly born out of my community reporter work for the community recovery project, blogging in the aftermath project for ABC Open and an exhibition Smile Within put on a year ago at the Mission Beach Arts community centre. All of these projects were motivated by the role of the stories and the arts in the healing process for people who have experienced a natural disaster.
Last weekend was a true smile within and without occasion when several of the community contributors, family, friends from as far away as Tasmania, local community, fellow workshoppers from Song Trails, local Red Cross community cultural development officer, and members…
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