A podcast that explores the unique power of the arts and creativity in disaster management, Creative Responders shares the stories of artists, emergency management experts, creative leaders and impacted communities from all over Australia as they prepare, respond and recover from natural disaster.

In Season 1 we hear how a sculptural forest trail in Western Australia reunited a community after bushfire; how a tight-knit community in rural Victoria approached disaster preparedness when its youngest residents had lost their sense of safety; how storytelling creates opportunities for connection among farmers in drought-stricken communities in South Australia; and how an indigenous-led ranger network and arts centre galvanised a North Queensland community following a powerful tropical cyclone.

Season 2 is currently in pre-production and will once again take audiences inside communities around Australia to explore how art and creativity can repair, rebuild and reunite.

In Conversation

A new monthly series of in depth, one-on-one discussions between Creative Recovery’s Scotia Monkivitch and the people working on the front lines of the arts and emergency management sector.

Each episode will feature an in-depth conversation between Scotia and one guest. We’ll hear from artists, emergency management experts, creative leaders and members of impacted communities to hear about their personal experience as creative responders and the challenges facing our communities.


How to Listen

You can stream all episodes directly through our website or listen through your favourite podcast app such as Apple podcasts, Spotify or Pocket Casts by searching ‘Creative Responders’.

“This is an example of what art can do.  How creativity can connect us. Especially in times of uncertainty and in times of emergency….. artists are often quick to respond to the live issues we face. Like the Creative Responders, an initiative of the Creative Recovery Network…. These stories and conversations provide those vital stepping stones to navigate these liquid times…..These are all reasons why the arts in Australia needs to be untethered from narrow definitions of what art is, to recognise what art does, so it can move freely to the places it is needed most.”

Adrian Collette AM, CEO Australia Council

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