John Lane is the Artistic Coordinator for the Festival for Healthy Living. He speaks with Creative Recovery’s Scotia Monkivitch at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne and shares insights from his career which encompasses a timely intersection of health, education, young people and the arts. John and Scotia discuss the importance of artists as lateral thinkers and problem solvers particularly in light of new challenges the world is facing as Covid-19 begins to impact life, work and creative practice.
Scotia speaks with Jeremy Smith as he exits his tenure with the Australia Council to return to his hometown of Perth and a new role with the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA). Jeremy shares his experience working extensively across festivals, youth arts, community, First Nations and regional arts development projects in a range of creative and management roles. They also get into the details of Community Arts and Cultural Development practice and discuss importance of what artists bring to the table in a variety of corporate and and creative contexts.
Whether in her capacity as a volunteer firefighter, a lawyer, an international aid worker or co-founder of the Australasian Women in Emergencies Network, the constant thread through Amanda Lamont’s career is her deep passion for social justice and her immense capacity for leadership to make improvements to people’s lives.
Scotia and Amanda cover a lot in this conversation, unpacking a range of timely questions around Australia’s approach to disaster management that challenge the direction of future development of community recovery.
Kate Sulan is a performance maker, director, dramaturge and facilitator. She is one of the artists working on the five-year ‘Refuge’ project at Arts House which brings together emergency management, artists, the community and local, regional and international partners.
In this conversation, Kate shares her insights in to the value that artists bring to their collaboration with other sectors, the importance of establishing a value-system and process that is inclusive and flexible enough to meet multiple needs within a community, and how the creative thinking and energy of young people can be harnessed as an important resource in the emergency management process.
Alex Kelly is an art maker, organiser, activist and filmmaker whose work is anchored by a deep commitment to social and climate justice.
She joins Scotia to discuss her most recent project, Assembly for the Future, a series of digital gatherings in which participants collectively imagine better worlds and new pathways, preparing for a resilient and community visioned future.
We also hear about Alex’s work as part of the filmmaking team for In My Blood It Runs, the critically acclaimed documentary told through the eyes of 10-year-old Arrernte/Garrwa boy, Dujuan and his family, and the power of storytelling as a catalyst for change.
As National Resilience Adviser for Red Cross Australia, John Richardson is someone who spends a lot of time thinking about disasters – how we make sense of them, how we can better prepare for them, and how they transform the individuals and communities who go through them.
We spoke to John during Red Cross Australia’s annual Emergency Preparedness Week to hear his perspective on the unchartered waters of 2020 and what lessons we can learn about resilience, response and recovery from the unique set of challenges we are facing.
John discusses how a strong emphasis on social connectedness is key to building more resilient communities and we reflect on the value creatives can bring to support the work of service organisations developing rigour around preparedness and recovery.
What happens when your community goes through a devastating experience and you feel compelled to reach out to those most in need? Like many who witnessed the impact of the Australian bushfires last Summer, Vivien Davidson wanted to find a way to express her solidarity and connect with people in her community who were hardest hit by the Currowan fire on the South Coast of New South Wales.
In this very special episode, we hear how Vivien and her friends at the Murramarang Spinners and Weavers group harnessed the goodwill and creativity of their community in a meaningful act of kindness and connection.
We also hear about Vivien’s upcoming plans for the one year anniversary of the fire and how art can provide a powerful foundation for sharing and connection as people rebuild their lives after a disaster.