Global Creatives for Refugees


Every child has the right to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts. That member governments shall respect and promote the right of the child to participate fully in cultural and artistic life and shall encourage the provision of appropriate and equal opportunities for cultural, artistic, recreational and leisure activity.

Article 31 (UNHCR) The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child


Global Creatives for Refugees

Global Creatives for Refugees (GCR) is a consortium dedicated to harnessing the unique creativity present in a combination of art & play for healing and health, as well as personal and social development and is an initiative of HTiL.

There are no membership fees or fixed obligations, the only demand is a commitment to sharing your expertise as an art professional, as and when possible, in accordance with an agreed set of mutually held values and goals in solidarity with displaced persons. Implementation is within refugee settlements in order to provide the arts and in turn the opportunity for life-enhancing creative play to multigenerational members of settlement communities.

GCR draws from the already established knowledge and skills of people within the arts community around the world. Membership reflects know-how in proven methods that have been rolled out in successful programs and curricula that can be curated around refugee members of GCR.  Methods that are part of learning plans which have been contributed by GCR consortium members.

GCR consortium members are committed to a belief that through the challenges we face, we are defined not by our limitations but by how we meet and overcome those challenges and the value we add to the world in the process.

GCR Core Values

  • Play for healing and health, as well as personal and social development.
  • Freedom of thought and of expression.
  • Integrity, accountability, transparency.
  • Respect for the diversity of artistic practice and of social and cultural traditions.
  • Nurturing collaboration between GCR consortium members and refugee organisations.
  • Nurturing imagination and creativity as a valuable part of individuals well being.
  • Collegiality in communicating and working respectfully with members, partners and stakeholders.


Learning plans defined

Learning plans are documents that contain the aims, objectives, methods, materials, learning outcomes and the budget to teach an arts-based practice.

Arts practitioners around the world who are running or have run classes, workshops etc contribute learning plans to GCR. In addition to arts practitioners members known as creative arts therapists also contribute plans. The GCR consortium focuses on successful programmes that have achieved their aims and objectives and kept within budget.


What does the term arts encompass?

The GCR consortium considers creative expression in the form of visual arts, performance arts and literature.

  • Visual arts such as painting, sculpture, printmaking and photography.
  • Performance arts such as music and movement.
  • Literature such as storytelling, poetry and the written word.

These practices bring creatives and displaced people together in a mutually beneficial way. Engaging people in ways that nurture their ideas, skills and experiences.

Why focus on the arts?

Focusing on the arts will provide an organic context for the play element of cultures to emerge while giving space for both individual and social groupings to be strengthened. Play can be facilitated through the arts and arts participation as championed by GCR, will seek to underpin refugees understanding of themselves as self-determined, socially responsible individuals.

Arts practices & creative arts therapies

GCR recognises that within the broad range of art practices a particular type of therapy has emerged known as creative arts therapies. Global Creatives for Refugees Consortium values the participation of members who are qualified in creative arts therapies. In addition to members who are arts practitioners around the world in visual arts, performance arts and literature who have achieved successful programmes that are relevant to GCR.

Both arts practices & creative arts therapies bring refuge and non-refugee creatives and displaced people together and work to engage in ways that nurture productive ideas, skills and experiences. Creative arts therapists are qualified experts in their field and this distinguishes them from non-qualified members of creative art therapies.

What are Creative Arts Therapies?

The planned creative use of art, dance movement, drama or music to accomplish individualised goals.

Movement therapy

Also known as dance movement therapy, considers how the body and mind are connected and this particular type of therapy works in support of that interconnectedness.

How can movement therapy benefit people?

This therapy can be beneficial for people who have experienced trauma, in particular, challenging experiences that directly impacted their sense of self. In addition, it helps people to express and regulate feelings, work through conflicts, assist relationship skills, and self-confidence.

Art therapy

Art therapy uses art, media and creative methods to empower people to maintain their emotional well being and improve their mental health. Working with materials such as paint and clay, people are encouraged to explore their emotions and perhaps some of the more challenging parts of their life experiences.

How can art therapy benefit people?

Art therapy is beneficial for people who may be working through their experiences of conflict, trauma, bereavement/ loss and anxiety. Other benefits include encouraging self-expression, improving a person’s sense of identity and improving people’s coping skills.

Drama therapy

Drama therapy involves using drama and theatre processes.

How can drama therapy benefit people?

Drama therapy can benefit people by empowering them with the skills to improve their emotional expression, in addition to improved interpersonal skills, and a better sense of self. This creative and flexible experience for people has an emphasis on experiencing the process and not on a particular performance event.

Music Therapy

Music therapy involves stimulating the senses in a person led way. Due to the nature of this interactive practice, a variety of instrumental, vocal, listening, relaxation and songwriting techniques are often used.

What are the benefits of music therapy?

Music therapy benefits people in many ways such as developing self-awareness, assisting people who have experienced trauma and loss, and helping people to cope better with stress.



GCR & Cultural diversity

GCR values a consciously intercultural approach towards arts provision in refugee settlements amongst all consortium members. GCR values promoting inclusion in the interaction between individuals and groups from different cultures, ages, abilities and disabilities. In addition, GCR recognises the need for enhancing creative dormant cultural practices in the arts damaged by communities being displaced.


GCR Impacts

GCR focuses on:

  • Adult and child therapy through the arts
  • Family and wider cross-cultural community social strengthening through joint creative activities and projects
  • Individual exploration and empowerment through creativity
  • Enhancement of refugee and non-refugee consortium members activities, through engagement with the GCR’s central online repository of members’ Learning Plans
  • Art activities to broaden worldview and appreciation of the role we all have in a wider global community whatever our background.


GCR Objectives

The objectives of the GCR consortium members are to deliver all aforementioned GCR Impacts for and with refugee partners:

  • through sharing of insights, existing curricula (learning plans), time and/or direct presence
  • via online or on the ground direct teaching/ online or on the ground refugee teacher training/development of custom curricula and projects

But equally (and distinctly) those GCR Consortium *refugee members* ie teachers trainers that emerge from the settlements etc to work with, influence and help shape the expertise and curricula offered by the original founding GCR consortium members.



Global Creatives for Refugees consortium funding is achieved through partnering with individuals or organisations that contribute materials, tools, digital tools, and/ or financial contributions. These are sent or shared directly to GCR consortium refugee-led partner organisations on the ground, so that 100% of the funding in cash or in kind, is about ensuring programmes, projects, curricula etc happen!




How can you help?

To become a GCR consortium member, volunteer, fundraise or to make a donation:

Email our GCR Coordinator, Juliette Harvey with your request for further information, questions or suggestions:


Connect here through a short Introduction and Welcome to GCR form


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