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Eastern Complex Fires Victoria – Creative Recovery Project

Creative Recovery Artist Facilitator

This opportunity has been established through Baw Baw Shire, Cardinia Shire and Latrobe City Shire to support the development of a Creative Recovery Program of activities for communities. This will support recovery and resilience building post the Eastern Fires of February and March 2019.

Nine artists from across the region (3 in each shire) will be contracted to take on the role of Creative Recovery Artist Facilitators, working with affected communities developing creative projects for their shire and region. Through this they will be mentored in the specific requirements of working in trauma impacted communities. They will attend and receive recognised training in Physiological First Aid, Introductory Certificate of Emergency Management, Mental Health First Aid and Facilitating Community Meetings.

This project is in Phase 1 of a 3-phase process for the development and implementation of creative recovery projects across the region over the next two years. It is expected that the Creative Recovery Artist Facilitators will be part of the ongoing development post this Phase 1 contract.

Applications due by Friday 14 February – please refer to EOI

2019-2020 Bushfire recovery program development

We acknowledge the many communities currently coming to terms with the impact of fires since September 2019 and those preparing for the rest of the bushfire season of 2020.

We are working with the state governments emergency management structures and our key partners across the states to ensure that culture and the arts are a vital part of the recovery planning and implementation. Once programs and projects are activated we will add to this page and contact our active members directly.

Thanks you for your ongoing support and encouragement

The greatest strength communities have throughout disasters is connectivity; knowing who can help, who needs help, what everyone is doing, how everyone is feeling and what people need. Creative projects feed this connectivity and provide environments for people to talk, grieve, plan and sometimes celebrate, often attracting people who wouldn’t otherwise meet. We talk endlessly about resilience; but resilient communities that can best withstand the impact of disaster are those with a network of social connections across different groups. Creativity, particularly creative practice that has its origins and development within a community, is a potent catalyst for social connection, compassion and ultimately resilience.”  – Amanda Gibson

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