Sandy’s Aftermath

All of us at NURTUREart are very saddened to see the toll that Hurricane Sandy has taken on the art community of our city. From the artists’ studios destroyed in Red Hook, Dumbo and Greenpoint to the galleries flooded in Chelsea. Our heart goes out to anyone who has seen their hard, creative work washed away—artists, organizations and galleries—and especially to all of the many generous and committed friends of NURTUREart effected by the storm, you have done so much for us over the years, from hosting our benefits (ZieherSmith, Claire Oliver, James Cohan), to collaborating with us and volunteering on our boards, panels and committees (Asya Geisberg, Ed Winkleman, Printed Matter) to making the delicious food served at our annual benefit (Cowgirl in the West Village).

The silver lining in this stormcloud is the incredible demonstration of strength, resiliency, and generosity in our community; we are awed and inspired by everyone’s spirit and know you will all come back stronger than ever.

We are compiling some helpful resources here, if you have any to share please email us at:

NYFA is pleased to announce the creation of an emergency relief fund to support individual artists impacted by Hurricane Sandy! The fund is being launched with a $1 million leadership gift from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and the Lambent Foundation, with additional support from individual donors and organizations who have held fundraisers, auctions and other events to support artists in need. The application will be posted on and beginning November 21 and submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis. The program will be open to literary, media, performing and visual artists residing in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York. For more information about the relief fund, go to:

Sunday, November 4, at 12:00 p.m., The Museum of Modern Art’s conservation staff and speakers from the American Institute for Conservation Collections Emergency Response Team (AIC-CERT) will conduct a series of workshops to help the many artists and galleries whose works were affected by Hurricane Sandy. They will provide suggestions and answer questions on how to safely handle damaged paintings, drawings, books, sculptures, and other artistic and cultural materials. Visit for more information on this program. MoMA has also issued Immediate Response for Collections, a document offering step-by-step guidelines for dealing with artworks damaged by flooding, and we will continue to lend knowledge and support to those caring for collections affected by the storm.

Emergency Grants for Artists from the Esther and Adolf Gottlieb Foundation:

Emergency Grants for Artists from the Joan Mitchell Foundation:

Emergency Grants list for Artists from LMCC:

Emergency Grants list for Artists from NYFA:

Free Legal Advice for Artists effected by Sandy:

Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF):, 802-229-2306

New York Foundation for the Arts:

AIC’s Find a Conservator service:

ArtsReady Useful Links:

AIC: (

NCPTT, Wet Recovery resources:

Heritage Preservation:

Connecting 2 Collections forum on disaster recovery:

FEMA disaster relief:

Info on Hurricane Relief Events:

Volunteer to help Hurricane Victims with Occupy Sandy:

Connect and volunteer with the residents of the Rockaways with Rockaway Rescue Alliance: