Afloat – children and families community resilience art project

Afloat – children and families community resilience art project

After the flood that  impacted many communities across Greater Hobart in May 2018, the City of Hobart embarked on a mission to help Hobartians prepare for potential natural disasters in the future with the financial support from the Australian and Tasmanian governments under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.

Afloat – came to life after childcare centres, school staff and parents from South Hobart shared with the City their experiences during the flood and the impact it had on their community.

Taking a creative pathway and following the Creative Recovery Network’s lead, the Afloat project engaged professional artists to work with children, families and educators using play as a means to help children deal with change, adversity and the associated feelings.

Artists Leigh Tesch and Rosie McKeand delivered eight creative recovery workshops for children aged 3-6 and two professional development workshops for parents and educators. The workshops offered drawing, model-making, music, storytelling and movement based on the topic of the Rivulet. These activities offered ways to build awareness of change and connect the children with their environment – building a sense of place and belonging.

The workshops culminated with an anniversary event on the Rivulet in South Hobart to celebrate the community’s resilience and strength of spirit, and support the ongoing process of recovery.

The event provided an opportunity for people to reconnect, share stories and offer each other support one year on from the flood. A range of creative activities were available for children and families such as art, music, recycling, storytelling, communal feasting and a community procession. The Red Cross and State Emergency Services presence provided the community a safe space to talk about emergency preparedness and safety.

A resource book was developed for parents and educators about children’s creative recovery. It explores how art and storytelling can be applied to build children’s resilience and capacity to cope with an ever-changing environment. The booklet also contains links to state and national resilience and recovery resources.

Coffs Harbour Culture Hub – Black Summer Exhibition

Coffs Harbour Culture Hub – Black Summer Exhibition

The Coffs Harbour Regional Museum and Gallery is presenting a Creative Recovery Project in collaboration with primary schools in the Orara Valley. Communities there faced evacuation, school closures, thick smoke and constant fire threat during the Black Summer bushfires.

The project includes a series of creative activities for communities to reflect, rebuild and recover. Over 150 students from Coramba Public, Ulong Primary and Nana Glen Public Schools worked with artists and arts workers to produce artworks that reflect their impressions of living through a bushfire and what was important for them.

You can enjoy a virtual tour of the project by clicking here.

Community Trauma Toolkit

Community Trauma Toolkit

A toolkit produced by Emerging Minds, it contains resources to help and support adults and children before, during, and after a disaster or traumatic event. It will help you understand some of the impacts of disaster and how you can help lessen these impacts.

Emergencies and disasters are extremely stressful and it is normal to feel overwhelmed. Children, even infants, can also be affected. They depend on the adults around them for safety and security, and will need reassurance, care, and opportunities to share their feelings. These resources provide a starting point for you to help children navigate the different stages of a disaster.

Flowers from the Ashes

Flowers from the Ashes

Flowers from the Ashes is a beautiful video story by April Harrison produced by Emerging Minds and Artist Made Productions.

April reflects on her experience as a young child in the 2009 Black Saturday Bushfires of Victoria. She presents her journey of recovery and the potential of finding strength, connection and a sense of hope for the future.

The Heart of the Bubble

The Heart of the Bubble

The Heart of the Bubble by Trace Balla

A story of 2020 vision set in the time of corona, by the much loved author of Rivertime, Rockhoping and Landing With Wings. A touching tale of a families awakening to what really matters.

 

This is the story of a family’s unexpected reconnection during the corona pandemic “lockdown”. The young girl Bimbi leads her parents from isolation to gradually adjust and reconnect with her, each other, neighbours and the outdoors… to slow down and rediscover what really matters. Bimbi manages to create a sense of community with her neighbours and those she sees regularly on their walks in the parklands. The story is filled with humour as well as poignant moments portrayed in a gentle way. There is also a sense of hope as a portrayal of how they come out the other side of the pandemic, changed to a new way of being

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