The Banksia Initiative

The Banksia Initiative

The Banksia Initiative

The Banksia Initiative is an informal cross disciplinary alliance of researchers, educators and artists providing information, strategies and resources to support classroom teachers and communities in recovery from the bushfires.

The Initiative was formed in January 2020 from a shared understanding of the international evidence confirming the vital role schools play in individual, community and national recovery from disaster.

Cartwheels Project

Cartwheels Project

Chartwheels Project 2009 – 2012

After the impact of the 2009 Black Saturday Bushfires in Victoria the Royal Children’s Hospital and Berry Street developed the Cartwheels Project. Working with artists, teachers and healthcare workers a series of programs where activated in schools to help children and families to feel better about themselves and to find creative solutions to life’s challenges. Students actively engaged to explore arts techniques including dance, drama, music, movement, role play, circus, mask-making, mosaic, multimedia, painting, puppetry and poetry to explore mental health issues in highly creative, problem-solving, solution focused, health promoting ways and having fun at the same time… and producing performance and exhibition events combined with all the nearby schools to share and celebrate their diversity and common humanity.

Teaspoon of light

Teaspoon of light

Teaspoon of light

The Teaspoon of Light project developed in Christchurch schools following and during the ongoing earthquakes and aftershocks from 2012-2015. 

The work is based on an interactive arts workshop for children, which simultaneously trains teachers to use arts processes to reengage children in their learning as they return to school. By accessing the power of the arts, it is designed to build resilience and coping strengths as the children return to school after the earthquakes. 

Professor Peter O’Connor & Cait O’Connor

Creating for Wellbeing

Creating for Wellbeing

Creating for Wellbeing is a collection of stories, advice, information, resources and activities for community-based artists and other creative professionals learning to increase the wellbeing of children and young people. The contributions on this site come from artists, health professionals and educators who have experienced the benefits and challenges of working together collaboratively towards common goals.

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Stormbirds

Stormbirds

 Stormbirds

Author: Good Grief – MacKillop Family Services

Location: North Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Funding Body: ?

Description: Stormbirds is a program designed for children and youth to process the effects of experiencing a natural disaster in a safe and creative atmosphere delivered over four sessions.

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