Statement on Recent Events
The ArtsReady and South Arts team hold in our thoughts our colleagues affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, and by the violence in Las Vegas. There are no words to encompass the enormity of these tragic events.
What we can say is that the arts and cultural community comes together in difficult times to help one another. It’s also often challenging for individual artists and arts organizations to navigate the disaster recovery system. To help, the National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness and Emergency Response, co-chaired by South Arts and Americans for the Arts, is facilitating opportunities for information-sharing and guidance for arts leaders who are responding to needs in their communities. Here are ways you can get information and assistance or, if you’re not directly impacted, ways you can help and donate. We also have colleagues in the cultural heritage community deploying assistance and resources to hurricane-affected areas, including through the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.
Hurricane Harvey Arts Recovery
The City of Houston Mayor’s Office is leading a collaborative response, Harvey Arts Recovery. Visit for information, to request aid, or to donate.
The Coalition is hosting weekly information-sharing calls on Thursdays, 1:00PM CST. To receive call-in instructions, contact Jan Newcomb.
Americans for the Arts has created a webpage with information/resources for the arts and cultural community in South Texas.
Hurricane Irma Arts Recovery
The most severe impact on the arts and cultural communities seems to be in south Florida, and Jacksonville. The Florida Keys Council of the Arts is accepting applications for immediate relief, and welcomes contributions.
The Coalition is hosting weekly information-sharing calls on Mondays, 1:00PM EST. To receive call-in instructions, contact Jan Newcomb. Note: Due to Columbus Day, next week’s call will be held on Tuesday, October 10, 1:00PM EST.
Americans for the Arts has created a webpage with information/resources for the arts and cultural community in Florida.
Hurricane Maria Arts Recovery
Communications and assessment are still limited. We will update this information as we receive news.
Las Vegas Shooting
News reports indicate that the violence of Sunday night could not have been prevented by any level of vigilance on the part of the Harvest Festival organizers. However, the possibility of an active shooter is something that all arts and culture spaces, indoor and outdoor, must consider. We have updated this page with most recent guidance from the Department of Homeland Security, to prepare and train your staff and volunteers
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