Arts Education: The Banksia Initiative and bush fire recovery

Arts informed approaches provide powerful methods to restore individual, community and national wellbeing during and after a disaster. Participatory arts-based methods strengthen social support and help people to build critical hope.

Arts Education: The Banksia Initiative and bush fire recovery

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The Banksia Initiative' was formed in January 2020 from a shared understanding of the international evidence confirming the vital role schools play in individual, community and national recovery from disaster. 

The Initiative includes specialists in school recovery, general education, curriculum and pedagogy, arts education, health and wellbeing, trauma response, disaster recovery and youth and adolescent health. A steering group from Central Queensland University, the Universities of Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland, the National Advocates for Arts Education(NAAE) and UNESCO NZ sub-commission has developed and/or curated these resources to provide Australian teachers withtrusted, research-informed and practical advice to support their return to school in 2020. 

The Bushfires have impacted all Australians in different ways and some with particular intensity. Every teacher needs to consider how the impact of the crisis will affect the learning of their students. 

The Banksia initiative has curated the first phase of materials to share  with teachers and educators. If you click on the link and download the  PDF you can then click on each item to go to the material. It is all being housed on the Arts Health (NSW/ACT) website. https://www.artshealthnetwork.

Associate Professor Sue Davis (Central Queensland University) has started a Facebook group for people interested in the arts and creative recovery during and following the bushfire disaster. It's a place for people to share resources. Please feel free to join the group (Bushfires) Creative Recovery in Education.

A Disaster, Arts, Education Summit - Webinar is planned for January 24. Researchers, educators and artists from across Australia and New Zealand convening a Disaster Arts Education Summit at CQUniversity Sydney on Friday 24 January, to share research-informed strategies and information. This work can be used to support educators in bushfire-affected communities and Australian communities. Resources from the summit will be made freely available, with educators also invited to access the event live via webinar (using the zoom platform).
Webinar program 11.00-12.45 (NSW, VIC, TAS, ACT, Qld 10.00 am, 10.30 am SA, 9.30 am NT, 8.00 am WA)

You need to register for the webinar and further details are then sent to you:
https://cqu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Q4LU8Pa0RiSwqDNBRrOeEg ... See More


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