By Renard Johnson
These works serve not only in loving memory of the victims; they offer a path towards healing. Their beauty provides a sense of calm and hope during the dark aftermath of this tragedy. Their creation provides an outlet for those of us grappling with grief. Walking through the memorial a couple of weeks ago, I found myself overwhelmed by sadness but also calmness and gratitude. The arts have always breathed life into our community and culture; now more than ever, they’ve come to symbolize the strength, warmth, and resilience of El Paso.
We may not know where someone’s creative journey may take them, but we have to empower each other to find our path. Doing so will not only contribute to the wellness of each of us, but to the health and emotional well-being of our community as a whole.
Renard Johnson is the founder of METI Inc. and a Texas Cultural Trust board member.
Johnson, R. (2019, September 27). El Paso response to mass-shooting shows power of arts in helping a community heal. Retrieved from https://www.elpasotimes.com/story/opinion/2019/09/27/el-paso-shows-power-arts-healing-community-walmart-mass-shooting-renard-johnson/3780357002/
ABOUT TEXAS CULTURAL TRUST
The Texas Cultural Trust is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and increasing access and awareness for the arts and artists across the state. Programs of the Texas Cultural Trust include: Texas Medal of Arts Awards, Art Can, Young Masters, Texas Women for the Arts, and Arts & Digital Literacy. Texas Cultural Trust strives to amplify the arts and lead a cohesive voice for the arts in education, advocacy, and economic impact in Texas, spotlighting the artistic excellence of our state. For more information on the Texas Cultural Trust, please visit www.txculturaltrust.org.