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Curator's Note:

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, creativity thrived and helped to heal a community crushed by disaster.  Now, five years later, artistic works across New Orleans grow where structures crumbled and lives were washed away.  


Tour New Orleans with Craft in America and view the sculptures of artist Thomas Mann, who created Storm Cycle, a series documenting the city that was left behind.  Travel with Tavis Smiley to the Musicians' Village, a post-Katrina rebuilding project that will be a home for music-makers.  Watch artist Jana Napoli talk about her work A Wailing Wall, a feature from Louisiana PBS affiliate LPB.

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Storm Cycle: Local Artist

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Artist Thomas Mann describes Local Artist: Chris Cressione is a New Orleans artist who made his living as a waiter at one of my favorite restaurants. The restaurant has yet to reopen so Chris has spent months being the house-husband to his wife, Lisa who works as a nurse. In an inspired fit of creativity he invented a use for all the magnets left on the refrigerators people left on their curbs. He began collecting the magnets and put them on his car eventually covering every surface. This demonstrates the resilience of our citizens, their sense of humor in the face of disaster and our hopes for the future.

See more of Thomas Mann's Storm Cycle images and video at Craft in America's location based Virtual Exhibition.

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