Recovery Resources for Artists and Arts Organizations

General Assistance

  • Search the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) 2008 Federal Disaster Declarations to see which counties are included in designated disaster areas and are therefore eligible for federal disaster assistance.  
  • State Emergency Agencies – These are the state-level equivalent of and conduit with FEMA:

Alabama | Florida | Georgia | Kentucky | Louisiana | Mississippi | North Carolina | South Carolina | Tennessee 

  • Departments of Labor are potential funding sources for small business recovery after a federal or state disaster has been declared. Navigation of their processes for “non traditional” businesses such as self-employed artists are challenging but can be successful. The Mississippi Arts Commission has been successful; contact for guidance.
  •  Federal Department of Labor
  •  State Labor Departments

Alabama | Florida | Georgia | Kentucky | Louisiana | Mississippi | North Carolina | South Carolina | Tennessee


Arts Community – Both Artists and Organizations


Aid for Individual Artists

  • CERF/Craft Emergency Relief Fund - Craft Emergency Relief Fund is committed to supporting the careers of craft artists throughout the United States, and helps craft artists affected by disasters and assists those preparing for impending disasters.
  • Artist Trust - Artist Trust is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting Washington State artists working in all creative disciplines. Their Information Services can be used by artists across the country; in the Resources Section, you will find information on Earthquake Studio Preparedness and Emergency Assistance Programs.
  • New York Foundation for the Arts/Emergency Resources for Artists
  • Joan Mitchell Foundation - The Foundation aids and assists painters and sculptors, and has provided targeted relief to painters and sculptors affected by Hurricane Katrina. 
  • Pollock-Krasner Foundation - The Foundation offers one-year grants to established visual artists for expenditures relating to their professional work and personal living, including medical expenses. 
  • Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation - The Foundation offers grants to established painters, sculptors and filmmakers for specific emergencies. 

Aid for Organizations


General Arts Organizations

Museums/Visual Arts

  • The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) has a Cultural Emergency Response Team (CERT) to respond to the needs of cultural institutions during emergencies through coordinated efforts with first responders, state agencies, vendors and the public. Team members are trained to assess damage and initiate salvage efforts, and are available to provide telephone assistance and to visit the affected site as soon as it is accessible. Contact 202-661-8068 for 24-hour assistance. (The number also connects to a monitored e-mail address.)
  • The Midwest Art Conservation Center's Field Services Department is available 24 hours a day to assist in emergency response and recovery. Contact 612-870-3128 or
  • The Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) offers emergency telephone assistance 24 hours a day for institutions and individuals with damaged paper-based collections. Contact 978-470-1010.
  • The Library of Congress Preservation Directorate features a webpage titled "Emergency Drying Procedures for Water Damaged Collections." It features concise information on air-drying paper, books and photographs and recovery from mold.
  • The Minnesota Historical Society website shares salvage procedures for a wide variety of materials, including textiles, photographs, wooden objects, leather, paintings and paper.
  • The National Park Service provides a webpage titled "After the Flood: Emergency Stabilization and Conservation Measures," which suggests planning methods to prevent additional damage to historic structures and to maintain historical integrity.
  • The National Trust for Historic Preservation website features a PDF titled "Treatment of Flood-Damaged Older and Historic Buildings." It addresses cleaning out mud, foundation problems, caring for wet plaster and treatments for saturated wood-framed walls and floors, historic wallpapers and interior finishes.
  • The free online publication "Foundation Grants for Preservation in Libraries, Archives, and Museums," produced jointly by the Library of Congress and the Foundation Center, lists 1,725 grants of $5,000 or more awarded by 474 foundations from 2003–2007. It covers grants for activities related to conservation and preservation.