Working Sustainably in Communities
Community Arts and Cultural Development practitioners often work in complex community settings with little preparation or adequate support for the situations they will encounter, putting them at high risk of stress, trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder and burnout.
Creative Recovery Network has collaborated with Community Arts Network on a four-year research project, designed to harness the experience and wisdom of the sector’s leading practitioners to grow a deeper understanding of the specific support needs for community-based artsworkers.
This research, presented in the Creating Well report, clarifies the consistent challenges faced in community-based practice and calls for the sector as a whole to evolve towards new standards of practice and a framework to better support practitioners in high performance work environments.
Six key recommendations were formulated from the findings of the research, arising from conversations with a broad cross-section of artsworkers, and based on best practice models in the health and social services sectors.
“It is time for action and advocacy to move towards a framework that both instigates and funds programs to support arts workers within the CACD sector. Creating Well is our contribution to the advancement of the national conversation regarding effective self-care and is a direct response to many years of feedback we have received about the physical and emotional challenges people face in community-based practice.” – June Moorhouse, co-CEO, Community Arts Network