Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Emergency Resources for Artists

You don't need me to tell you what a surreal, emotional week it's been in New York -Superstorm Sandy, the election, and now this insane blizzard- so how about some useful information instead? Behold the Comprehensive List of Emergency Resources For Artists. Please forward along to anyone you think might benefit (and see asterisk at bottom for a specific volunteer opportunity that involves you, knitting needles, and elderly evacuees). Stay strong, friends far and wide, and thank you for all the incredible community support!


Overview Info
New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) - Current Disaster Resources

NYFA - Emergency Resources

Studio Protector: Artists’ Guide to Emergencies

Emergency Grants
The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation – Emergency Grant

Artists’ Fellowships, Inc.

Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+)

Foundation for Contemporary Arts - Emergency Grants

Joan Mitchell Foundation Artist Grants – Emergency

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc.

Legal Info
Free legal advice for artists affected by Hurricane Sandy – The Law Office of Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento Art + Law

Conservation Info
MoMA Emergency Guidelines for Art Disasters

Volunteer Opportunities
@NYCSandyNeeds on Twitter (most up-to-date volunteer opportunities)

Art Fag City

NYC Service

*Lastly, the Park Slope Armory is still housing over 500 elderly and disabled evacuees from the Rockaways, an area of Queens especially ravaged by the hurricane. My cousin and some gals from Brooklyn General lead a knitting circle there every night at 6pm and they are desperate for more volunteers. Norma, Leatrice, Stella, Shirley and many other evacuees look forward to this every night; it's a bright spot in an otherwise grim and confusing time for these women, most of whom have no family to help or place to live until the state transfers them to a new assisted care facility. Anyone interested in helping -knitting or otherwise- can just show up at the Armory, 361 15th St. on Eighth Ave in Park Slope. Take the F train to 15th St./Prospect Park.


  1. i so, SO wish i were in NYC right now, if only to go knit (or more likely fail to knit, but try anyway) with those lovely ladies from the heart is there with them! (and you, too - so glad you're ok!!)

    1. You are such a good human. Thanks, lady. xo

  2. You are amazing. Glad to see you guys are making it through okay. This double header is crazy! Climate change naysayers can suck it, yes?

    1. Did you see the cover of NY Mag last week? So great. The headline was "IT'S CLIMATE CHANGE, STUPID."

      Sending you big hugs!

  3. Good to see you posting and hope you are faring OK in all the aftermath and current craziness! Thank you for posting this list, sharing it with my Facebook & Twitter followers.

  4. What an incredible list of resources! I love you all and I wish I could help more but I am sending you all my love!


  5. We're interested in coming out to knit! Should we be in contact with anyone? Or just show up with knitting? is there anything we can bring?

  6. I've been holding you and the rest of the East Coast up in thought and prayer this past week! SO thankful you're safe and sound!

  7. I really hope something approaching normality returns for you guys soon, my dear. And your community spirit is amazing to witness. All my love.

  8. This is a great list you've compiled! I was supposed to move to Red Hook the week of the storm and though I'm already paying rent, I'm still unable to move in. I feel terrible for everyone that has been affected by this and continues to be affected, so it's good to see that even artists who may have lost studios (in addition to much more) have others reaching out to help them!

  9. I'm happy to see you are ok. We're in the middle of an emergency in Italy too, but all I can do it's send text messages to charities. I always feel useless when things like these happen. The earth is trying to teach us a lesson, I think.

  10. May New York continue to recover...thoughts and prayers have been sent your way.

  11. I hope the elderly evacuees from the Rockaways are doing Ok and as I read this now, almost 4.5 months later, I wonder where they have now been placed and/or gone on to live? I would have loved to have helped if I had known about it (and lived closer!). I don't knit but it sounds like a great opportunity to volunteer/serve.


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