Creative hearts can help to build community resilience

Training will be provided by the Creative Recovery Network so City of Logan creatives can support the community in times of disaster
Creative Recovery Network Executive Officer Scotia Monkivitch (left) and Logan City Council Lifestyle Chair Councillor Tony Hall discuss the Creative Recovery project open to City of Logan musicians, poets, writers, dancers, film makers and crafters.

Published: 18th April 2024

An innovative new program aims to recruit City of Logan creatives who could use their skills to work with communities in times of disaster.

The Creative Recovery Project will identify, develop and create a network of creative leaders who could deliver community-based activities to help locals prepare for, or recover from disaster impacts and other emergency situations.

Those interested will receive specialised training from the Creative Recovery Network, a national agency that is working to develop and embed culture, creativity and the arts in Australia’s disaster management systems.

Activities like the Bridging Flagstone project which involved Flagstone Community College students working with the Creative Recovery Network in 2015 to create a community sculpture.

The bench adorned with the word “Happy” is in memory of the 2013 floods in the area.

Up to 15 fully funded places are available for free Creative Recovery Resource Facilitator training sessions at Logan Art Gallery between Friday, May 31 and Sunday, June 2.

The program is open to locally based creatives including musicians, poets, writers, dancers, film makers and crafters.

Lifestyle Chair Councillor Tony Hall said the creative sector had unique abilities to strengthen the fabric of communities during difficult times.

“Creative recovery programs can help to bring people together to make sense of their experience and open opportunities for sharing and connection,” Cr Hall said.

Expressions of Interest in the project close at 2:00pm on Friday, April 26. Successful artists will be notified in early May.

Applications can be made through Smarthgrants.

The training is funded by the Queensland Government through Disaster Recovery Funding.

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