New York City's Cultural Community Responds to Hurricane Sandy
Cultural-Led Community Relief Efforts
• ABC No Rio hosted an environmental group on Friday, November 2 to run their bicycle-powered generators, providing power for the community.
• Art Dealers Association of America announced Tuesday, November 6 that it had established a Relief Fund to provide grants and loans for for-profit and nonprofit galleries located in Zone A and across the City that have been unable to conduct business due to hurricane damage.
• Asia Society announced Wednesday, November 7 that it had set up a fund for students and families of the College of Staten Island High School for International Studies affected by Hurricane Sandy.
• Christie’s New York announced that they would offer work space and access to their storage facilities on Wednesday, October 31 to affectEd Gallery owners
• Cultural organizations such as MoMA PS1, The Paley Center for Media, Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, El Museo del Barrio, Poets House, and the Museum of Jewish Heritage served as warming, charging, and free wi-fi stations.
• Flushing Town Hall began collecting donations of needed supplies on Friday, November 2 to distribute to storm victims.
• Individual visual and performing artists are hosting auctions, online sales, and benefit shows to raise money for relief efforts.
• MoMA hosted a series of workshops on how to handle flood damage to works of art.
• New Museum offered free admission to visitors who donated gently used winter coats.
• Moved to upcoming Moved to upcoming The Italian Cultural Foundation has organized a supply drive to benefit residents of Staten Island affected by the hurricane.
• The Public Theater hosted a donation drive starting Tuesday, November 6.
• The Storefront for Art and Architecture hosted a discussion on November 2 about the connections between Darkness and Architecture from different points of view. The event was also an opportunity for us all to share resources among the downtown community.
• Art service organizations and other cultural groups across the city, including Arts Councils in all five boroughs, the New York Foundation for the Arts, Fractured Atlas, Dance/NYC, Creative Capital and more have rallied their digital resources to help affected artists and arts groups. These organizations have written and shared guides to navigating federal and state resources, how-to documents for conserving damaged artwork, cross-promoted calls for volunteers and aid, and shared their stories of resilience.