The Arts & Earthquake Resilience  Documentary series

2019 November Premier 


How do the arts promote physical and psychological healing, including Chronic Stresses and Acute Shocks?

Rethinking Resilience and The Arts

How do artists help communities build essential social capital?

The Arts Unite: How do Artists Help Communities Build Earthquake Resilience?

If the title of this workshop caused you to pause and wonder, you are probably not alone. What is earthquake resilience, how do the arts fit in, and why should it matter to us living in Vancouver? And to probe further, how can we develop and extend our creativities to help others survive and heal in the face of a major calamity, fragile as we are ourselves?

Public Forum Series

Series 1:

Kerrisdale Community Centre

November, 17, 2019  

The Forum Method

As we recognize resilience as a relational, multi-faceted, contextual development process, our forum focuses on enhancing the ‘artistic dividend’, which citizen artists create through their engagement in reflective dialogue and collaborative art-making activity. And therefore, the benefits of the forum include incubating talent, providing networking opportunities, strengthening social relationships within and between communities, directing institutional moral support to "neighborhood cultural clusters'.  

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Emergency Preparedness

Visualize Community- and Place-based Social relationship:  

We need to recognize the value of community-and place-based social support networks because they provides a buffer against adverse life events. Our personal and collective well-being (and becoming) occurs in context; it cannot be isolated from the conditions that affect one’s life. Visualizing our social support network is critically important for not only identifying the strengths of relationships but also finding our blind spots in both quality and structure.


One way to strengthen our social connectedness in a community is to make our social support networks less centralized (as shown below). In a decentralized social support network, information, knowledge, resources can flow and therefore we can co-create knowledge and support in a community.  


Using the social relationship map below, you can list your contacts and connect those contacts and see what kind of social support network you have at this moment. How does it look? Once you visualize your social relationship map, you will know where to connect the dots. Please share your map with your core point people, so that the network will be stronger and healthier.