Ensuring collaboration, partnerships and a place at the table for the arts within emergency management
Like many other countries, Australia is increasingly beset by natural disasters such as floods, fires and droughts, which leave deep scars in our landscape and communities. In Australia, arts and culture are typically an afterthought in the context of emergency preparedness and response. Yet, artists nationally and across the globe are playing an increasingly vital role in supporting community resilience, preparing for, responding to and recovering from disasters.
The Creative Recovery Network works to demonstrate the value and importance of arts and culture in building disaster resilient communities from the ground up so that arts and culture are given a ‘seat at the table’ when preparedness and response are being planned.
“A disaster resilient community is one that works together to understand and manage the risks that it confronts. Disaster resilience is the collective responsibility of all sectors of society, including all levels of government, business, the non-government sector and individuals. If all these sectors work together with a united focus and a shared sense of responsibility to improve disaster resilience, they will be far more effective than the individual efforts of one sector.”
– National Strategy for Disaster Resilience
How we are championing the cause…
Invitation to the Table
Working with each tier of government – Local, State and Federal – to ensure disaster management plans and funding models explicitly consider and include the arts as a means to both prepare and respond to emergencies.
Brokerage and partnership development
Building, promoting and supporting relationships across artists, communities, and Emergency Management to facilitate sharing of planning tools, resources, knowledge and skills.
Conferences & Publications
Promoting the value of Creative Recovery work, sharing the practice and growing awareness of the possibilities of civic growth through this engagement.
Communication & Research
Stimulating critical conversation around the role of arts and culture in disaster management and recovery, supporting the development and sharing of rigorous and sustainable research and education.