Response can mean many things – Care, comfort, connection, reframing, resilience building, empowerment, re-storying, celebration, memorialising. The arts can play a deep, real role in supporting communities and individuals to tackle disasters and the potential of reframing life, landscape and connection beyond the impact.
We welcome your suggestions on case studies and resources to share.
In my experience, arts plays a critical, but hugely undervalued role, in this process (disaster recovery). However, I don’t believe it is art as a spectator activity – it is the participation, the involvement in the creative process that makes the difference.
– Bruce Esplin, Emergency Services Commissioner, Vic 2011