Art in response to crisis: drought, flood and the regional community

Mason, Andrew (2015) Art in response to crisis: drought, flood and the regional community. In: Creative communities: regional inclusion & the arts. Intellect Books, Bristol, United Kingdom, pp. 121-134. ISBN 978-1-78320-512-7


This chapter examines the role of art in helping sustain resilient regional centres. in 2007 drought threatened the iconic Spring festival, the Carnival of Flowers, the premier event in Toowoomba's calendar. Arts Council Toowoomba worked with local government to use community generated public art to replace the flower beds left unplanted due to drought. This application of public art in response to crisis built community capacity and was well received by visitors and locals. Over time the use of public art became more commonplace in Toowoomba and the city is now known for its vibrant arts scene and street art.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version due to publisher's copyright policy.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2015 04:16
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2017 02:15
Uncontrolled Keywords: regional arts; resilience; Toowoomba; flood; public art; Arts Council Toowoomba; Avant Garden; community; art as response; inclusive art
Fields of Research : 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1901 Art Theory and Criticism > 190104 Visual Cultures
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200299 Cultural Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 90 Commercial Services and Tourism > 9003 Tourism > 900302 Socio-Cultural Issues in Tourism
C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920407 Health Protection and/or Disaster Response

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