The Creative Recovery Network is a not-for-profit Australian organisation that secures and promotes the critical role of the arts in disaster preparedness and recovery efforts.

Typically an afterthought when planning community recovery, the Creative Recovery Network aims to get arts and culture sector a ‘seat at the table’ when the responses are being planned. We demonstrate the value and importance of integrating arts and culture into disaster recovery from the ground up. We are the arts-ambulance ready to respond.

The Creative Recovery Network is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Creative Recovery Network acknowledges the country, culture and traditional custodians of the land upon which we walk, work and live. We pay our respects to the Elders past, present and future of Indigenous nations in Australia and abroad. We acknowledge that Australian Aboriginal sovereignty was never ceded.

contact@creativerecovery.net.au
+61 423 987 207

PO Box 101, Annerley QLD 4103

CLUSTER DEVELOPMENT

We recognise the following objectives as crucial for Creative Recovery Network to be effective in impacting on participant communities as a support resource and advocate for self-determination, skill building and resilience thinking.

  • identifying potential community leaders and advocates
  • assistance with the development of Creative Recovery Network through understanding and adherence to cultural protocols and direct relational invitations for connection to country and community
  • developing networks and connections for artistic practice in disaster affected communities
  • working with local, state and federal government to understand the specific needs of communities as part of emergency response
  • Exploring and articulating the role of culture and arts in creative recovery
  • Enhancing the capacity of individuals and communities in areas such as planning, protocol articulation and liaison with Emergency Management
  • Training and support of region and remote artists working with communities impacted by disaster

While service providers traditionally focus on hard assets and notions of personal safety there are likely to be different understandings of these risks and additional assets that are valued at the community level. These may for example include cultural assets; relationships; aspects of country; and livelihood activities. These may be regarded not only as vulnerable to disasters but also key factors in ensuring the ongoing resilience of communities. The development of our State/Territory Cluster Arms aim to address the complexities inherent in identifying and building on the existing scaffold of knowledge and understanding of disaster management in a regional and remote Australian context and how we might support and grow these.

The Cluster structure we are developing follows the management framework of the United Nations Emergency Response process. Clusters act as a model for preparedness and response, ensuring clear communication, strong local, state and national connections and a repository of key information and relationships across the disaster management sectors. A key responsibility of the Creative Recovery Network Clusters or State/Territory Arms will be to ensure that we build on local capacities, keep an artist centric focus, and that we develop and maintain appropriate links with Government and local authorities, State institutions, local civil society and other stakeholders.

Relationship building is time consuming and delicate process. We have phased this work to ensure we give adequate time and attention to ensuring a smooth, rich and deep engagement. This will enable a sustainable and owned outcome by all parties.

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