An important part of asset-building is protecting what assets you already have. This post goes out to artists and arts administrators along the coasts who may have suffered under Hurricane Sandy as it blew through the Northeast.
New York Times photojournalist Kirsten Luce captured a father-son moment in Red Hook, Brooklyn as they laid down sandbags in front of a family-owned studio.
Along with water damage from flooding, excessive wind has cracked branches, trees, and rooftops, causing further destruction in their wake. Here are some tips for the aftermath.
Forbes has written about how-to file an insurance claim. Step one: don’t try to fix it yourself, call the authorities. Other suggestions include soaking up water to reduce flood damage, documenting damage with photographs and video, and keeping receipts. Visit their website here for full details.
In 2005, FEMA partnered with the NEA and the NEH to compile a manual offering preventative steps and post-disaster measures. The guide includes an extensive list of grants for institutions that are in place to provide disaster relief.The Before and After Disasters: Federal Funding for Cultural Institutions is designed to aid archives, arts centers, libraries, museums, historical societies, and historic sites in finding the resources they need. Notable grants profiled for preventative care include Conservation Project Support (CPS) Program from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which sponsors conservation activities related to training, environmental improvements, surveys, and treatment. Additionally, the NEA offers up to $150,000 dollars ($25,000 average) in preservation grants and the NEH offers grants ranging from $60,000 to up to $600,000 (but no more than 80% of project funding).
Its disaster relief section highlights FEMA‘s services, which are available in designated disaster areas and, according to the report, typically pay 75% of project costs for equipment and furniture replacement, as well as repair costs for damaged objects from a collection. The NEA also supports disaster-relief with its Extraordinary Action grants under Grants for Arts Projects. Both art organizations and local cultural councils can apply for up to $30,000 to provide help to local artists and art galleries, or to local collections in need of repairs.
Studio Protector offers an Artist’s Online Guide to Emergencies that has sections with titles like “Tips for Applying to FEMA & the SBA“, “Assistance from the Arts Sector“, “Art Sector Emergency Resources“, and “Surveying the Damage & Making a Plan.”
The NYFA (The New York Foundation for the Arts) Emergency Resources listing provides lists of emergency grants, financial resources, health and insurance resources, housing, job postings, legal resources, and more.
Some artist and cultural relief funds are specific to one discipline such as fine arts, writing, sculpture or craft, while others are specific to gender or location. Here are just a few of those resources on our radar:
|Writers Emergency Assistance Fund
Restricted to freelance writersDesigned for freelance writers, WEAF provides assistance to those unable to work because of natural disasters, crises, age, disability, or illness. Applicants must have credentials that would qualify them for membership of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), but need not be a member. ASJA standards state that one must have a sustained professional career, either through full-length bylined articles, non-fiction books, or book chapters. Many successful applicants provide a mixture of the above as evidence of professional work. Necessary materials include examples of work, financial documentation, and when applicable, medical and household documentation. Applications are available in pdf and word format.
|Joan Mitchell Foundation
Restricted to fine arts artists, sculptorsArtists suffering from natural or manmade disasters can apply for Joan Mitchell Foundation. More information about emergency funding guidelines can be requested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Word has it that the Joan Mitchell Foundation’s location is flooded and may not be able to respond as immediately as other emergency grant organizations.
|Craft Emergency Relief Fund
Individual Grants and Loans
Restricted to artisansRestricted to craft artists, Emergency Grants up to $3,000 are available, as are Emerging Professional Craft Artist Emergency grants up to $2,000. These grants cannot be received in combination. In addition to grants, Emergency recovery loans of up to $8,000 dollars are available. Though the loan is interest free, it must be repaid within 5 years and is contingent upon a cash flow projection and business statement for the next 12 months. CERF+ also offers brokered assistance, through which you can apply for fee waivers to shows in which you have an exhibition history as well as apply for discounted or donated craft supplies and equipment.