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Creative Recovery

There is a new term circulating in arts circles as our world and us face increasing crises caused by floods, fires, droughts and other natural disasters and now viruses such as COVID-19.

Creative Recovery covers the growing network of artists and cultural and community workers taking the lead in helping communities recover from the impact of such disasters through creativity.

Arts Mid North Coast will working to understand how this can be achieved, by whom and how we can best assist:

  • the arts to meaningfully support communities to recover and rebuild;
  • the arts to be integrated into and valued as part of broader community recovery efforts;
  • local artists and arts workers to gain increased knowledge, skills and confidence to respond to communities in recovery;
  • for arts and cultural organisations to enhance their capacity to work with communities in recovery and respond in a coordinated way.

While we undertake such research and development we have created this new SmartArt section to post important networks, studies and projects that we have found  to assist artists and arts organisations on the Mid North Coast.

Blackbird Bushfire Recovery Project

Nambucca artist Nancy Sposato was a successful recipient of a Regional Arts NSW Creative Recovery grant to support ...

Plans and Policies

Part of the problem with disasters is that people and communities only think about what to do after ...

Networks and Groups

A response to various disasters has seen some organisations develop or take on specialised roles in disaster recovery. ...


The coronavirus pandemic is a significant disaster across the globe. It is also changing day by day. Arts ...

Christchurch Earthquake

The Canterbury 7.1 earthquake struck at 4:35 am local time on 4 September 2010. Damaging aftershocks followed the ...

Queensland  Floods

In late 2010, a series of devastating floods hit Queensland forcing the evacuation of thousands of people from ...

Black Saturday Fires, Victoria

Following the tragic Black Saturday bushfires, the Victorian State Government (Arts Victoria) rolled out an arts-led initiative to ...
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