Hurricane Relief Resources for Artists

We know that many visual and performing artists were negatively affected by Hurricane Sandy. We are putting together a comprehensive list of organizations and agencies that are providing help and support, in one way or another, to artists affected. We also included ways you can help some of the vibrant Brooklyn arts organizations devastated by the storm through donations or volunteering.

We will continue to update this list, as more information is available. If you have information you’d like us to add, email us here.



Warhol & Rauschenberg Funds – Art organizations impacted by the hurricane can apply for Emergency Grants through these foundations.

NYFA – The Andy Warhol Foundation, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and Lambent Foundation have established an Emergency Relief Fund, administered by NYFA to assist artists with damages and losses as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Eligible artists can be working in any discipline and reside in Connecticut, New Jersey or New York.

Brooklyn Arts Councilis extending deadlines in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, specifically SPARC 2013 – Seniors Partnering With Artists Citywide – deadline now November 9; and the Arts Education Partner Grant – deadline now November 15.

NYFANYFA is currently working on relief resources for artists. Check their website for updates.

Craft Emergency Relief Fund+CERF+ responds to career-threatening emergencies with assistance focused on helping the artist get back to work as soon as possible. Because emergency assistance alone is often not enough to ensure recovery of a business, CERF+ is committed to helping artists build more resilient businesses and to prepare for unexpected threats to their careers. They have set up an “Emergency Response” page with information specific to Hurricane Sandy on their website.

CERF+ Online Exchange This is a place to donate to artists in need and for artists to find items. The primary purpose is to assist artists who have had a career threatening emergency, but also serves artists who are just starting out and artists who need resources to take the next step in their careers.

Arts Ready – a web-based emergency preparedness platform designed to provide arts and cultural organizations with customized business continuity plans for post crisis sustainability. They have compiled post-Sandy recovery tips on their website.

Center for Disaster Philanthropy – tracks disasters through a donor-centric lens, offering not only situation updates, but also strategic suggestions for making long-term impact. The organization’s website has a “Hurricane Sandy Hub” where information is being assembled.

Council on Foundations – has a list of resources for Sandy victims, and tracks what foundations and companies have made grants to help those affected by the hurricane.

The Brooklyn Community Fundaids the Brooklyn communities and organizations impacted by Hurricane Sandy and will provide direct support for needs identified by local Brooklyn nonprofit service providers, the small business community, and borough civic institutions.

American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic WorksAIC’s disaster response and recovery efforts encompass facilitating AIC-CERT training, working through FAIC with the Smithsonian Institution and the  U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield to help recover cultural and historic artifacts damaged. Their AIC-CERT program (CERT stands for Collection Emergency Response Team) has a help number, (202) 661-8068, and email, that can aid any institution, organization, collectors, or artists who were impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Their volunteers are trained in dealing with art-related disaster relief and they can act as a remote or onsite resource for those unsure on how to proceed.

National Center for Preservation Technology and TrainingThis organization has as a “Wet Recovery” web page to assist those who need to salvage artworks.

Heritage Preservation: The National Institute for ConservationHas information on how to register damaged works and how to recover.  It also has a free app called “Emergency Response and Salvage Wheel.” One particularly great resource it offers is a guide to navigating FEMA Aid for cultural organizations.

MoMA – released this document on emergency handling of artwork damaged by flooding.

Christie’s Auction HouseSara Friedlander, Associate Vice President, Head of First Open at Christie’s in New York, says that the auction house would like to offer a helping hand to downtown artists or galleries who may need help. “We believe the art world is an ecosystem and what is happening downtown effects uptown,” she says. Friedlander is arranging space at Christie’s for artists still without power to use their laptops and charge their phones, and may be able to assist galleries with storage space for their art. Those interested, please call (212) 468-7177.

Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, Inc. – Their Emergency Assistance Program is intended to provide interim financial assistance to qualified artists who lack the resources to meet their situation. Each grant is given as a one time assistance.

Artists’ Fellowship, Inc. – The Artists’ Fellowship, Inc. is a private, charitable foundation that assists professional fine artists (painters, graphic artists, sculptors) and their families in times of emergency, disability, or bereavement.

Change, Inc. – This organization provides one-time emergency grants up to $1000 to artists of any discipline. Applicants must be professional artists who can demonstrate need. Each applicant must submit a detailed letter describing the financial emergency, copies of outstanding bills, medical fee estimates and current financial statements, along with a career resume, reviews, exhibition or performance announcements, slides or photos of work and two letters of references from someone in affilitated field. Only complete applications will be accepted.

Mailing Address:
PO Box 54
Captiva, Fl 33924

Telephone: 212-473-3742

The Haven FoundationThis  nonprofit organization gives grants to freelance writers and artists experiencing career-threatening illness, accident, natural disaster or other emergency or personal catastrophe. The Haven Foundation is a small fund providing grants of up to $25,000 per year, renewable for up to five years (pending approval of renewal application).

Joan Mitchell FoundationThe Foundation aids and assists painters and sculptors, and provides targeted relief to those affected by a catastrophic event. Apply for the Individual Visual Artist Application for Support due to the effects of a Natural Disaster.

American Federation of Arts –  AFA is offering temporary office space for any NYC cultural organizations (including galleries and artists) affected by Hurricane Sandy.  If interested, contact Misti Wills at AFA’s office is located at 305 East 47th street in Manhattan.

Max’s Kansas City ProjectThe Max’s Kansas City Project provides emergency funding and resources to professionals in the creative arts who live in New York state. Individuals who have made their living through their art form, either professionally or personally, and demonstrate a financial need for medical aid, legal aid, or housing. The maximum grant is $1,000.

The Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI)The Santa Fe Art Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico offers Emergency Relief Residencies to artists and writers affected by the horrors of political, social, or natural disasters. The one-to-three month residencies include a room with private bath, studio space for visual artists, and basic breakfast foods. All residency fees are waived.

Wheeler Foundation – Assists visual artists of color who live in the tri-state NYC area with grants to help meet urgent financial needs involving housing, medical costs, fire, flood damage.

Box 300507
Brooklyn, NY 11230
Telephone: 718-951-0581

Pollock-Krasner Foundation  – accepting emergency requests for grants to professional visual artists affected by Sandy.

The Law Office of Sergio Munoz Sarmiento, P.C. – is offering free legal advice to artists who are at a loss as to what rights they have or how they should proceed in getting compensated for their losses.



New York City Performing Arts Spaces – a great resource for affected performing artists who need an alternative space where they can practice or rehearse.

The Actor’s Fund – this organization is working hard to respond quickly to requests for emergency financial assistance and to help ensure the safety of our community.

Art New York – provides information on closures, cancellations and other news affecting New York City nonprofit theatres.

Dramatists Guild Fund – offers grants to assist fellow dramatists in times of extreme personal hardship.

NYC Dance Response Fund – Dance/NYC and its colleagues in service and grantmaking, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation have established the NYC Dance Response Fund which will offer grants, from $1,000 to $5,000, to be awarded to New York City-based nonprofit organizations and fiscally sponsored projects of The Field, Fractured Atlas, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York Live Arts, and Pentacle focused on the creation or performance of dance. Successful applicants will have incurred identifiable costs due to Hurricane Sandy not otherwise covered by insurance or other sources.



Smack Mellon – Like so many in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn, Smack Mellon experienced a devastating loss in the floods that Hurricane Sandy produced.

Galapagos Art Space – Also located in the DUMBO area of Brooklyn, Galapagos Art Space was devastated by Hurricane Sandy, its space flooded with 5 feet of water.

DUMBO Arts Center – A non-profit organization that catalyzes interaction between visual artists, the local community and the wider public, in order to preserve the neighborhood of DUMBO as a springboard for new art.

A.I.R. Gallery –  Also located in DUMBO, A.I.R.’s goal is to provide a professional and permanent exhibition space for women artists to present work of quality and diversity.

Help DUMBO Rebuild! – Come support the arts organizations and businesses that sustained damage in DUMBO at this benefit party & auction on Wednesday, November 14, 2012. Tickets start at $25!


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