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.
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 In the case of a bushfire, the fire brigade is going to put out the fire. But what happens after that?

How does the community reestablish itself? How does it gain a sense of security and safety again reconnection? That’s where the arts come in. 

Disasters can wreak havoc on a community. 

We all found ourselves in the thick of something that we could never have imagined.

Bushfires, drought, floods… It takes time and hard work for the scars of disaster to heal.

Creativity and the Arts have a unique power to support communities to repair, rebuild and reunite post-disaster.

I’m Scotia Monkivitch … and this is Creative Responders, a new series from the Creative Recovery Network. I’ll be travelling around Australia visiting all kinds of communities that have experienced disaster.

Talking to local people, artists and experts about how the Arts can be a tool for preparedness, response and recovery, sometimes in unexpected ways…

We are not necessarily frontline but we are certainly I think whatever the second line is we are essential.

We meet kids preparing for the fire season….

Yeah before Black Saturday, everyone thought I can stay and protect my house but know everyone thinks that they would leave.

… we look at how storytelling can facilitate connection between isolated farmers …

It was pretty much the end of the drought and there was a lot of doom and gloom. Understandably, it was a really dire time for a lot of people and mental health was a serious issue.

We visit an Indigenous community in North Queensland integral to the response to Cyclone Yasi …

In a lot of ways Cyclone Yasi really galvanised us as a community, it really brought us together as an organisation and as a people in this area … and Girringun was such a central player in responding to that disaster.

The broader community looked to this organisation for leadership in a time of disaster and I’m very proud to say that Girringun really stepped up to the plate and delivered that leadership for the broader community

And investigate the impact of this work on the Creative Responders themselves.

So how do we prepare artists for that. What structures do we put in place for them. And then what acknowledgement do we give them self care is actually a really intensely challenging thing during a project that you want to execute well. And so then how do we help you recover afterwards.
Creative Responders will be out in October. To hear from emergency management experts, impacted communities, creative leaders and artists from all over Australia.

Subscribe on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or your favourite podcast app, and head to Creative Recovery dot net dot au to find out more.

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