Site & Situation | How Public Art Can Help Communities with Disaster Recovery | Scotia Monkivitch | Creative Recovery Network

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About Creative Recovery Network

Creative Recovery Network is a not-for-profit organisation working to develop and embed the vital role of culture, creativity and the arts in Australia’s disaster management systems. Established in 2014, we are the leading national organisation connecting the creative sector, disaster management and communities – advocating for and developing the specialist skills to support and strengthen communities through the disaster experience. 

When we activate our creativity and, by extension, our civic participation, we create belonging, give voice to experience, and generate new thinking toward future possibilities. Our network of skilled arts and cultural practitioners are dedicated to building Australia’s recovery capabilities and supporting the growth of confident, connected, disaster resilient communities.

About Scotia Monkivitch | Executive Officer, Creative Recovery Network

Scotia is Executive Officer of the Creative Recovery Network, advocating and supporting the role of the arts and creativity in disaster preparedness, response and recovery. The Creative Recovery Network aims to gather, critique, develop and share the knowledge gained nationally and internationally for engagement of the arts in disaster recovery, along with developing tools and support for artists working in this field.  Scotia has a broad range of professional experiences in the community arts and cultural development sector, which have taken her throughout Australia and internationally. She has diverse experience in training, mentoring, strategic planning, project management, research and facilitation of community cultural development programs and strategies, specialising in working with people experiencing disability and disadvantage, mental health, creative ageing and rural and remote communities.

Site & Situation | Public art talk with Scotia Monkivitch, Executive Officer at Creative Recovery Network

How Public Art Can Help Communities with Disaster Recovery

Culture and the arts 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. An arts/cultural response can mean many things – care, comfort, reduced feelings of isolation, increased community cohesiveness, empowerment, reimagining, celebration, memorialising, new personal and creative skills, strengthened connections to place, and a sense of shared optimism.

This conversation will unpack the socio-political complexities of disaster impacts and the role that public art can play in the social, environmental and economic recovery of communities.

We will share case studies that highlight the vulnerabilities, strengths and processes necessary when working within a trauma context and the disaster policies and frameworks that ensure best practice in the planning and implementation of public art projects.

Cost    | FREE Event – Bookings Essential – Tickets are Limited

When  | Tuesday 16th May 2023

Time   | 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Where | Broadbeach Community Space, Broadbeach Waters

Site & Situation | Full-day workshop with Scotia Monkivitch, Executive Officer at Creative Recovery Network

How Public Art Can Help Communities with Disaster Recovery

Exploring the role of Public Art as a creative recovery strategy to grow sustainable community connection and creative resilience, recognising community as a creative and social resource with the skills and understanding to identify important community stories and aspirations and produce meaningful and transformative work.

The program consists of resources, conversations, reflections and learning about the development of public art with a community impacted by disaster – unpacking knowledge content, provocative scenario application, reflective tasks to assimilate and apply knowledge. Together we will build a tool kit of relevant resources and collegial connections.

Cost    | FREE Event – Places Limited – Apply via EOI (see below)

When  | Wednesday 17th May 2023

Time   | 10:00am – 4:00pm

Where | Broadbeach Community Space, Broadbeach Waters

How to apply | Open to Gold Coast residents only. To apply to attend the workshop complete the expressions of interest form below.

When applying to attend this workshop you are invited to submit your portfolio or examples of previous works (if applicable), CV,  your biography and 250 words or less telling us why you want to participate in the workshop.

The full-day workshop program is as follows:

10:00am Introductions, meet and greet and morning tea
  • Unpacking the context of the disaster management ecosystem and principles of disaster recovery and its relationship to facilitating the development of community building public art projects
  • Unpacking the National Principles of Disaster Recovery and their application within the context of public art programs
  • Exploring the trauma cycle and how to safely work within this as a context for development of public art programs
12:30pmLunch and mingle
1:00pm – 4:00pm

Using place-based thinking to unpack a community scenario to apply theory and process to build a trauma informed approach to a public art development.

Images courtesy of Creative Recovery Network. L to R:
Land Art Project – Artists Corrie Wright – photographer Scotia Monkivitch | Image by Alice Hutchison | Strathewen Bushfire Memorial – Image by Urban Initiatives | Girringun Resilience Project – image Fiona Croft | Home – Peter Hill & schools from Southern Forests & Valleys region WA – img Southern Forest Arts.

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Site and Situation is an initiative of City of Gold Coast | Curated by SWELL Sculpture.