Student Voices for Recovery

Student Voice for Recovery is a student-led bushfire recovery program to support student recovery, wellbeing and connection in the Local Government Areas of Gippsland, Alpine and Towong. It has provided the opportunity for 21 regional Victoria creative industry workers to undertake a six-month residency in Victorian government schools impacted by the 2019/20 Eastern Victoria fires.  The program is delivered by Regional Arts Victoria in partnership with Department of Education and Training. Creative Workers are partnered with participating schools to work with students over a six-month period (Terms 2 & 3, 2022) to design and deliver a creative project led by the students. Professional development in student-led art practice and trauma informed training was provided, along with ongoing peer to peer support and networking opportunities for community engagement. 

The goals of the program are to: 

  • Give students affected by the 2019/20 Eastern Victoria bushfires an opportunity to engage with creativity and reconnect with their peers, school community and learning. 
  • Engage students in artistic practice to support their wellbeing and connection to their community and evaluate the effectiveness of student-led practice in the disaster recovery context.

21 Creative Workers were recruited and trained by Regional Arts Victoria to to deliver a student-led arts experience across 26 schools. These are:

  • Kylie Biltris will engage with Talgarno Primary School and Tallangatta Secondary College through a visual arts practice. 
  • Justin Brady will engage with Mallacoota P-12 College through a music practice. 
  • Aimee Chan will engage with Bethanga Primary School through children’s literature and multi-media arts practice.
  • Linden Dean will engage with Lucknow Primary School through a visual arts practice.
  • Sarah Foley will engage with Bairnsdale West Primary School through a visual arts practice.
  • Chris Henderson will engage with Myrtleford P-12 College and Orbost North Primary School through a visual arts practice.
  • Tracey Johnson will engage with Swift Creek P-12 School through a visual arts practice.
  • Karen Jones and Kylie Ahne (The Crackpots) will engage with Harrietville Primary School through a visual arts practice.
  • Harley Kewish will engage with Tambo Upper Primary School through a visual arts practice.
  • Susie Losch will engage with Dederang Primary School through an environmental visual arts practice. 
  • Deidre Marshall will engage with Bairnsdale Primary School 754 and Bruthen Primary School through a performing arts practice.
  • Jasmine McMillan will engage with Clifton Creek Primary School and Marlo Primary School through a visual arts practice.
  • Lee Nickless will engage with Lakes Entrance Primary School and Lakes Entrance Secondary School through a visual arts and projection art practice.
  • Alison Plasto will engage with Mount Beauty Primary School and Corryong College through a videography practice.
  • Jennifer South will engage with Toorloo Arm Primary School and Nungurner Primary School through a performing arts practice.
  • Brooke Taylor will engage with Clifton Creek Primary School and East Gippsland Specialist School through a visual arts practice.
  • Ronda Teakel will engage with Walwa Primary School through a visual arts practice.
  • Tiffany Thatcher will engage with Toorloo Arm Primary School and Newmerella Primary School through a performing arts practice. 
  • Pinky Wittingslow will engage with Tawonga Primary School through a sustainable visual arts practice.

For further information please contact: 

SARAH ATKINSON | PROGRAM MANAGER 
M  0477 576 935 
E [email protected]


Image by Susie Losch and Mary-Rose Riley.