Creatively reflecting on, and defining the landscape and contours of community resiliency and sustainability through art-making.


CCARPH aims to transcend disciplinary and academic boundaries, working towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals, specifically addressing sustainable cities and communities and climate action by tackling issues of awareness, development, training of community members and archiving local knowledge on risks and resilience. The inclusion of a wide range of scholarly expertise extends CCARPH beyond the disciplinary boundaries of environment and climate studies, disaster risk management, and beyond the edges of academia by co-producing knowledge with community partners. 

Art-based community engagement encourages knowledge co-production that draws from the everyday experiences of community members and their creative abilities to achieve individual and collective goals.

Community-based Arts as a Vehicle for Social Change

Risk to Resilience: Community-based Art as a Vehicle for Building Resilience and Sustainability  is a transdisciplinary action research proposal that aims to:

  • To develop a community-based definition and articulation of what community risk,  governance, and sustainability are
  • To collectively create a community-based arts plan for climate and disaster action  for resilient and sustainable communities

This project aims to produce a participant-made, community-based  arts plan for climate and disaster action towards a more resilient and sustainable Disiplina  Village.This plan taps into the artistic inclinations of community members and  encourages them to recognize their capabilities. It also encourages civic action by making space  for them to dialogue about their shared reality and collectively imagine and work towards  positive social change.

Risk to Resilience

Baon sa Pagbangon: Preparations for Adaptive Resilience


Baon sa Pagbangon is inspired by Cultural Animation, a participatory, “art-based research methodology that utilises theatre techniques”, community members are invited to participate in a series of games and guided creative pursuits that will draw from risk-related experiences. (Kelemen, 2018)

Understanding how communities perceive crisis and crisis management, and how they access and experience basic services and support during such times is crucial in developing a robust evidence base that informs effective disaster risk management and mitigation programs. This project recognizes that community members carry with them a wealth of experiences and information regarding risk management and that we are learning from their lived realities.

E-Punla: The Garden As Nexus of the Digital Realm and the Climate Crisis


In collaboration with CCARPH, ISO, and Ateneo Fine Arts Program, this project intends to integrate local, internal, and urban gardening into a digital, curricular, and narrative format as a response to online, communal, and environmental learning needs throughout the pandemic.

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