Create your arts organization's business

continuity plan, because the

unexpected, won't-happen-to-me,

actually does happen.

A readiness plan is a combination of

documents, processes, policies, and

trainings/drills to build your

organization’s sustainability
and resilience.

Be ArtsReady.

Why do readiness planning?

To be able to get up and running after crisis.

To protect community and cultural assets.

To demonstrate sustainability to funders and stakeholders.

To be prepared for any type of crisis, whether within your own organization or facility, in your local area, or a widespread disaster.


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What is ArtsReady?

ArtsReady, an online emergency preparedness service by and for arts/cultural nonprofits, provides arts organizations with customized readiness plans for business continuity and post-crisis sustainability. ArtsReady 2.0 is being rolled out in two phases:


Pocket Response Resource: Available now, this free customizable emergency document puts critical emergency information in the pocket (or device) of staff, crew and volunteers, ensuring immediate access to information they’ll need in the first minutes and hours of any type of emergency. Download your customizable template and instructions here.


Online Planning Tool: Rolling out in spring 2022, this updated online tool provides a readiness assessment, guidance on updating/creating your readiness plan, and Guides and Resources to use and adapt for your organization’s customized plan. Your information will be securely stored, and you will be able to generate reports, training documents, templates, plan elements and more. Designed as an annual subscription, fee waivers for the first year will be offered.


ArtsReady 2.0 also offers Guides and Resources, an evolving inventory of publications, examples, and free resources to make sure you have access to current information to incorporate into your planning.

What Is A Readiness Plan?


The ArtsReady What Is A Readiness Plan? has been updated for 2021! This free document provides an overview of what a basic arts organization readiness plan is, and the 12 Basic Readiness Must-Have’s.

If your organization doesn’t have a readiness plan, or yours is out of date, we encourage you to use this short guide to get your planning started with the basics.

The Arts Organizations at a Crossroads Toolkit: Managing Transitions and Preserving Assets


Over the last year-plus, many arts and cultural organizations have found themselves at a crossroads of some sort. It’s not always clear how to go about weighing your options and making decisions in a proactive and thorough way.

Free and online, The Arts Organizations at a Crossroads Toolkit: Managing Transitions and Preserving Assets was created to guide arts leaders through three significant transitions you are likely to face during your organization’s life. Each of these ‘crossroads’ is addressed in a self-standing section of the Toolkit.

•             Structural shifts

•             Departure of key staff/leadership

•             Creation of artistic and physical assets which deserve preserving


The hands-on guide includes practical tools, and stories and wisdom from organizations who’ve navigated transitions themselves including 10 Hairy Legs, the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, and the Madison (WI) Children’s Museum.


Our colleagues at the Performing Arts Readiness project presented a free webinar which takes you in a virtual tour of the Toolkit; an on-demand recording is here. For Local Arts Agencies, a series of webinar recordings hosted by Americans for the Arts tours the Toolkit and a recent Coffee Chat with local arts leaders discussing transitions.

NEW: Emergency Response Resources, and Make a 2022 Resolution to Be ArtsReady!

The latest ArtsReady Alert, available here, offers response and recovery resources for artists and organizations impacted by recent weather disasters, and help developing your 2022 readiness plan.


ArtsReady works in partnership with these organizations to provide free resources and training for arts organizations and artists to increase their readiness, as well as respond and recover from crises.

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