Residency Course: Fall 2024

Art, Climate and Disasters

Course: ART 470 Lec 001: Art, Climate and Disasters
Meeting Time: Fridays 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: 6321 Mosse Humanities Building
Credits: 3
Prereqs: none
Other Info: If class is closed, please enroll onto waitlists prior to contacting Art Department staff.

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Description: The arts have been extensively drawn upon in over the past decade to support communities devastated by wildfires, floods, storms, and drought, and more recently the COVID-19 pandemic. However, there is still much that is not known about arts and culture in disaster contexts including risk reduction, preparedness and response. Frequently perspectives from diverse and equity-denied groups (e.g. First Nations, youth, LGBTIQA2S+, disabled and multicultural, etc.) as well as from other sectors (e.g. arts & culture) are underrepresented in climate emergency and disaster management research, discourses, planning, and events. These groups assess risk differently and offer alternative expertise, perspectives and experiences that are beneficial to understanding and engaging with the cultural dimensions of the climate emergency. This course will explore the intersections of creative practice and transdisciplinary collaboration in disaster scenario mapping and preparedness in a localised context through individual and collaborative exercises.