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Creative Recovery: Why Emergencies Need Arts // Fall 2020
Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT
Category: FY21 Workshops

Creative Recovery: Why Emergencies Need Arts

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
2:00pm - 3:30pm

Online via Zoom
Information on how to attend the Zoom will be included in your confirmation email.

From natural disasters such as hurricanes to human-made disasters such as racism, emergencies are increasingly a part of our everyday lives. As emergencies rise and evolve, we must adapt how we prepare, respond, and recover from emergencies. As we approach this work in new ways, we can explore the intersectional nature of emergencies and the role of creativity to transform crisis situations. This session will consist of a presentation followed by a moderated Q & A with Amelia.

In this session you will learn:

  • Types of emergencies
  • How emergencies intersect 
  • Why emergencies need arts

Amelia Brown is an artist, coach, consultant, writer, and speaker with more than 20 years of community development experience spanning four continents. She earned the first and only self-designed master's degree from the University of Minnesota integrating arts, emergency management, and community development. She managed the first Twin Cities placemaking residency and was a key player in the development of the cultural corridor along the St. Paul light rail with Twin Cities LISC. Amelia’s presentations and articles have been the first to focus on the role of arts in disaster recovery and have been seen in multiple publications, conferences, and locations from New Orleans to New Zealand. In partnership with Springboard for the Arts, she developed the first Community Emergency Relief Fund to support artistic responses to urgent community needs. As the program manager for Creative CityMaking, she has implemented the first program in the City of Minneapolis that partners artists with City staff to work on addressing the City's equity goals. Amelia sits on the national cabinet of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, she is board chair of Springboard of the Arts, and she is an adjunct professor in leadership at the University of Minnesota. She created Emergency Arts to transform crisis through creativity and is currently focused on addressing the public health emergency of racism.


For accessibility information, special circumstances, or other accommodations please contact Kirsten Sweeney at [email protected]. Interpretation services are available by request; requests must be made at least 7 business days before the event.

Contact: Kirsten Sweeney - [email protected]