Online Forum: 10 Agents of Change #8 Disasters

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Thursday, 28 October, 2021 - 19:00

Join the online forum #8: DISASTERS of our 10 AGENTS OVER 10 MONTHS series with guest speakers Jennifer Thomson, Scotia Monkivitch, and Dr Dolapo Fakuade

Australia, like other countries, is experiencing more frequent and more intense natural disasters. This session will revisit the devastating 2019 bushfires, discover how recovery networks are building, uncover the community response and look beyond the traditional response and recovery.

How we can respond better.

Jennifer Thompson – Bundanon and Bushfire.

In the summer of 2019-20 Australian experienced intense bushfire activity which impacted the Bundanon properties. Existing emergency art relocation plans were implemented, however, as Bundanon became ringed by fire, it was clear that the enormity of the impending disaster required rapid adaption of existing plans and action. Jennifer and a small team of Bundanon staff members were onsite during this time to ensure the safety of the unique and valuable Bundanon Collections.

Scotia Monkivitch – Creative Recovery Network

Life is full of surprises, twists and turns that trip us up or enable growth and new opportunity. Our response to these challenges, as individuals and communities, is as varied as the context in which they occur.

Creative Recovery Network is building a network of creatives in every town, city and region ready to be activated to support us in the building of capacity for prepared, connected and activated communities. Arts, culture and creativity can open doorways for a resilient and connected future. We fight for, support and encourage laughter, dance, tears, music, touch, connection, stillness, participation, imagination and hope.

Art is a way of sharing stories, connecting, reducing isolation, making sense of and preparing for the unimaginable. All essential for preparedness and recovery.

Galleries and Museums play a critical role in the social and cultural lives of our communities, supporting wellbeing and strengthening a sense of identity and place. In developing Risk Mitigation and Preparedness Plans where do we connect the people – the communities we live within, our visitors regular and incidental, the people who are truly the owners of our institutions?

Dr Dolapo Fakuade – Director of Resilespur Consulting - Response and recovery to community-wide disasters

Response to past disasters and anthropogenic conditions suggest there is need for better cooperation between agencies, organisations and communities. However, lack of engagement between stakeholders and limited interactions with appropriate organisation peacetime continue to limit preparedness efforts and increase risks to collection. This presentation highlights the importance of external influencers, and raises awareness of measures taken by Christchurch Art Gallery (CAG) in New Zealand to strengthen disaster preparedness plan post-Christchurch quake sequence. Collaborative disaster preparedness measures implemented by CAG has since improved relationships with emergency response organisations, local and regional stakeholders. This session concludes with recommendations for a collaborative disaster preparedness arrangement ahead of future disruptive events and unanticipated crises.

Thursday 28 October 2021
7pm-8.30pm Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time
FREE Event
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