Though these communities have not experienced the degree of damage as that of Haiti, Chileans are "going through an extremely difficult time," according to Jorge Brito, director in the city of Talca of Caritas Chile, a Catholic humanitarian organization. ISP News reports that many are still living in "makeshift housing" in increasingly cold and rainy weather.
As emergency continues to gradually trickle in, numerous organizations have banded together to offer cultural events and experiences in order to uplift the spirits of those still dealing with recovery. Pictured above, the Folkloric Ballet of Chile has toured the region of El Maule, giving free public performances.
The Ministry of Education and CorpArtes Foundation have joined forces for the 'Chile Anima a Chile' (Chile Cheers Up Chile) initiative, which will entertain 24,000 viewers with a traveling exhibition of 3-D animated films between April 10 and May 9. They transformed a modern semi-trailer truck into a mobile movie theatre, complete with 40 seats and its own power generator. This roving theater will travel to 30 cities from Curicó (200 kilometres south of Santiago) to Los Ángeles (located in the Bío-Bío region, 513 kilometres south of Santiago).
Other cultural initiatives include circus performers, puppet shows for children, shows by Clowns Without Borders (who are also touring Haiti) as well as live performances for the whole family by nationally renowned singer Fernando Ubiergo.
I am a firm believer in the constructive role of culture as a regenerative experience for traumatized, post-disaster communities. Though the bottom line for ultimate recovery is funding, critical devastation requires multiple avenues of support. These collective cultural efforts enhance the local regeneration process and, evidenced by the transnational identities of many of these groups, can be utilized anywhere--and any time--within these locations.
For other examples, see my thesis on how both postwar Germany and post-Katrina New Orleans (in their own distinct contexts) utilized large scale international exhibitions for social regeneration.