Emergency Relief and Recovery Resources for Artists

As artists, galleries and arts organizations in the Northeast begin to assess the damage caused by Superstorm Sandy, we’ve been compiling links to resources for emergency relief and studio recovery:

Emergency resources for artists:

• On December 10, The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC) opened a temporary Cultural Recovery Center in Brooklyn to help arts organizations, galleries, museums and artists clean up and salvage work damaged by Hurricane Sandy. More info here
• NYFA is administering the Emergency Relief Fund, supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and the Lambent Foundation, which gives recovery grants to artists in all disciplines who live in New York, New Jersey or Connecticut and suffered damages or losses as a result of Hurricane Sandy.
•  The Mertz Gilmore Foundation has established the NYC Dance Response Fund, the first dance-specific investment in New York’s recovery from Hurricane Sandy.
• The Joan Mitchell Foundation provides emergency funding to visual artists affected by natural disasters.
•  The Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) offers grants up to $3,000 and no interest loans for craft artists who have had career-threatening emergencies.
•  Self-employed people (including artists) are eligible for Disaster Unemployment Insurance in areas where a federal declaration of disaster has been declared.
•  NYFA Source maintains a list of emergency resources for all artists, which has just been updated for Hurricane Sandy recovery.
•  ArtsReady list of additional recovery resources and emergency relief for artists

Studio recovery information from CERF’s StudioProtector.org

•  Clean-up: Information on how to SAFELY get started with cleaning-up
•  Salvage: Information on preventing further damage and saving what you can
•  e-Salvage: Information on salvaging data and electronic devices
•  Insurance Resources: A list of resources for insurance information including how to get in touch with your state insurance department and tips for filing claims

Other info related to studio recovery and conservation of damaged artworks:

•  American Institute for Conservation has an online Disaster Response & Recovery Resource Center
•  ArtsReady’s Post-Sandy Recovery Tips
•  The Museum of Modern Art’s Emergency Guidelines for Art Disasters (PDF download)

Do you know of other resources we should add to this list? Please let us know about them by posting a comment below.