Disaster Resilience and the Arts – Lessons Learned from Hurricane Harvey
Recorded On: 02/22/2022
About this Webinar
Almost four years after the destruction of Hurricane Harvey, the cultural ecosystem’s clearest lesson is that most of the region’s arts, cultural, and historic preservation communities are unprepared for the next disruption. This is a result of a critical gap that exists between the cultural and emergency management ecosystems. The result of a two-year research project, "Disaster Resiliency and the Arts," provides 21 key findings and strategic recommendations for initiatives and efforts that will help the arts ecosystem across the country become more resilient in the face of disasters and outlines how we can capitalize on the connections created with national experts and existing disaster response systems for the betterment of our community.
- Identify and recognize the cultural community’s connection to the emergency management ecosystem
- Advocate for the needs of the cultural community during a disaster.
- Evaluate the impact of disasters on the cultural ecosystem if we fail to incorporate emergency managers into our planning.
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Director, Disaster Services
Houston Arts Alliance
Lauren Hainley is the Director of Disaster Services at the Houston Arts Alliance. In this capacity, she is bridging the divide between the Houston area arts, culture, and historic preservation communities and emergency management experts to ensure the whole community is ready and resilient in the face of disaster. She currently serves as Natural and Cultural Recovery Service Function Lead for Harris County and is a member of the advisory board for the Texas Cultural Resource Alliance. She has spoken about her work across the nation at the invitation of the Smithsonian, the National Park Service, and Foundation for Advancement in Conservation. Lauren received a BA in Theater from Hendrix College, an MA in Arts Leadership from the University of Houston, and is a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers. She has been a working theater artist in Houston for twenty years.