About ArtsReady: ArtsReady is an online readiness platform that brings business continuity planning to the arts. Its web application guides arts organizations through building and maintaining readiness plans, while the Library provides resources and information to learn from.
History: Following the hurricane season of 2005, the need for an emergency preparedness movement in th earts became apparent. Therefore, South Arts developed and launched ArtsReady.org, a readiness planning application for arts organizations, as its first national initiative. Since storms are not the only disruption arts organizations can experience, ArtsReady focuses on "all-hazards" planning, guiding its members through safeguarding the critical functions and resources needed to operate successfully, rather than only considering specific disasters. Such an approach ensures that organizations can survive a crisis and minimize operational downtime regardless of the disaster's type or scale.
Join the Readiness Movement! Free Basic Members of ArtsReady can take advantage of the community-driven resource Library, receive regionally based ArtsReady Alerts, and get quarterly e-newsletters about readiness.
Advanced, subscription-based Premium Members gain full access to the ArtsReady application. The application helps organizations build and maintain custom, comprehensive readiness plan online. It does so through an organizational readiness assessment, a to-do list of actionable preparedness items, and cloud-based storage for vital emergency-related files. There is also a social networking component that links Premium organizations together, so they can assist each other in times of need.
Thanks to our many partner organizations, there are several subsidies available for Premium Memberships. Find out if your organization is eligible.
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ArtsReady is a national initiative of South Arts supported in part by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The ArtsReady platform was developed through a technical collaboration with Fractured Atlas was built as an open-source tool. It has been and will continue to be community-designed, informed by those who use it. Early support and advice was provided by the Mississippi Arts Commission, the University of California/Berkeley, and Henry Morrison Flagler Museum.